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Here’s why parking Kyle Busch was a good move by NASCAR

By admin | November 6, 2011

By Richard Allen


It is said that there are two sides to every story. In the spirit of that statement I am writing two separate columns to address the parking of Kyle Busch by NASCAR following his actions during Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway. In one of those columns I will attempt to explain the positives of the sanctioning body’s police action against the driver and in the other I will attempt to explain that the wrong decision was made.

On lap 15 of the WinStar World Casino 350 driver Ron Hornaday got inside of Busch and essentially muscled his way around as the two raced through turns one and two of the 1.5 mile track. The pass by the Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver forced Busch’s Toyota to go high up the banking and brush the wall.

Clearly, Busch was angered by the move and pursued Hornaday down the back stretch as the yellow flag waved. When Hornaday slowed in observance of the caution, Busch latched his truck onto Hornaday’s rear bumper and began pushing him wildly through turns three and four until he finally hooked the right rear of the #33 and turned it head on into the outside wall.

Busch was then ordered by NASCAR to take his machine behind the pit wall and park it for the rest of the night. The next morning, the sport’s governing body announced that the often controversial driver would not be allowed to participate in either the Nationwide Series race scheduled for Saturday nor the Sprint Cup event set for Sunday afternoon on that same track.

Here’s why parking Busch for the weekend was a good move by NASCAR.

First and foremost, what Busch did was blatant and dangerous. At the speeds being traveled on a track such as Texas Motor Speedway, even after having just been put under caution, such a move as described above could have resulted in catastrophic consequences.

It has long been considered taboo for one driver to hook another in the right rear and intentionally turn the opposing car into the wall in such a way. From local short tracks to giant super speedways, this practice has been forbidden as one of those unspoken codes of conduct under which drivers are supposed to operate.

Another reason NASCAR was right to punish Busch is that standards have to be set somewhere. What Busch did can’t be tolerated under any circumstances. Although NASCAR told drivers to “Have at it” some time ago, guidelines were never really established. Perhaps it was assumed that those involved would know where the line was and not cross it. Obviously, that was not the case but this incident has now provided the sanctioning body with an opportunity to define those boundaries.

Add to the argument for parking Busch that his actions made the sport look bad. NASCAR will no doubt get mentions on a number of television and radio shows more often dedicated to the coverage of stick and ball sports for the simple reason of the hosts being able to show the sport as bar brawling side show rather than a legitimate sport.

And finally, on a bit of a strange note, Busch’s parking may discourage Sprint Cup drivers from entering lower division races if they know their actions there may cause the loss of Cup points or may start feuds that could spill over to the top division.

There are a number of reasons that could be argued in favor of the actions NASCAR took against Kyle Busch this past weekend in Texas. From establishing guidelines to maintaining the integrity of the sport, the governing body of the sport had to do something.

In the end, this was a tough call for NASCAR to make. Either way they would have been criticized by fans, media and other competitors. And consider that there is much more to it than the discipline of a single driver. Sponsors, crew members, car owners and fans are all impacted when one of the sport’s stars in benched. However, the call could have been made much more easily, or might not have had to be made at all, had clear guidelines for driver behavior been detailed and those guidelines been enforced regularly and consistently.

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6 Responses to “Here’s why parking Kyle Busch was a good move by NASCAR”

  1. Richard Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Agree with sentiments of both your articles. But two things:

    1) Speed should be ashamed of their Truck announcers, particularly Phil Parsons. He would not let the Busch thing go and showed no professionalism as an non-biased announcer. The truck announcing save the lead guy, is amateurish at best anyway.

    2) NASCAR should thank Kyle Busch for giving everyone something to talk about because the race on Sunday was lacking. I would not have known (as I flipped in and out) that it was a great race if Bestwick hadn’t told me.

  2. Bill B Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    IMO, Kyle had done lots of questionable things through the years and he’s been given points penalties, probations and fines but he refuses to grow up. Much like a judge will give a person punishments other than incarceration, after a while they get tired of seeing the same face continually coming before them.

    I know Helton said that the cumulative Busch history was only a minor consideration but how many more chances can you give the same guy before you have to do something more rash.

    Now I will read your other column but I must admit that I can’t envision what you will say that makes me see it differently.

  3. mr clause Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Looking at the overall Kyle deal and back ground what would you say it would be if Mars decided to pull their sponsorship, good or bad for the sport, good or bad for Mars? At this point it has gone far past the points of NASCAR and Kyle. The fan polls I’ve seen are of the opinion that Kyle should be let go and by a very large margin.

  4. Chris Fiegler Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Do you think that Kyle Busch should have been Parked for the Rest of the Year instead of Probation?

  5. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I would like to try to say what if Michael McDowell, 00, Vickers , or Kelly Bires won Phoenix? Then Kyle would have to go to Nationwide Full Time.

  6. Steve Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Mr Clause, I think Mars would not have a problem finding another team to sponsor. Since there are so few good sponsors in the sport anymore, it would be relatively easy. So Gibbs and Kyle need to be very careful not to piss them off. Mars has the upper hand in this whole deal for sure.