By admin | May 24, 2011
By Richard Allen
Just a few short weeks ago we were hearing all about the â€˜new and improvedâ€™ Kyle Busch. We were often told that he was newly married, he was another year older and he was an owner on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
All of those things were going to combine to bring about a more mature driver and person. Well, all of those things held in place, a post-race storm off or two aside, for about nine or ten weeks but then the new found maturity seemed to slip away.
In Darlington, Busch had an on-track incident with Kevin Harvick. That in itself was not such a big deal as virtually every driver on the circuit has run-ins from time to time. But on the cool down lap the old Kyle Busch made a brief return appearance. As Harvick trailed behind him, Busch led his combatant on a rather silly looking cat and mouse chase until the two finally ended up on pit road. Harvick got out of his car and approached Busch, which led the driver known as â€˜Rowdyâ€™ to push the unoccupied #29 across the pit lane and into the inside wall. That was not such a mature move and one that could have injure an unsuspecting crew member of another team.
But the revelation on Tuesday afternoon that Busch had been cited by an Iredell County(NC) sheriffâ€™s deputy for going 128mph in a 45mph speed zone indicated that the immature Busch had not completely gone away after all.
Busch was driving a 2012 Lexus LFA sports car which is said to be capable of speeds over 200mph.
The officer who pulled Busch over said the driver was cooperative and not arrogant. He also reported that Busch said, â€œthis is just a toyâ€ when questioned as to why he was going so fast.
The potential ramifications of such driving are obvious. While his citation for reckless driving will no doubt be the topic of much conversation and jokes over the next several days, it is a blessing that nothing more serious happened.
Ultimately, those who believed Kyle Busch had somehow changed over the most recent off season have been proven wrong, at least during these past couple of weeks. In both the shoving of the unoccupied car down pit lane and his citation for speeding, Busch could have injured or even killed someone, including himself.
Hopefully, Busch has learned from these situations and will actually mature to some degree. He is too talented to let lapses such as these get in the way of his career.
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