By admin | November 7, 2011
By Richard Allen
Through the years I have written as many pieces as anyone condemning some action or another of Kyle Busch. A guitar smashing incident and a 128mph speeding ticket are two things that come readily to mind. And there is no doubt that his most recent act of controversy is one worthy of condemnation as well.
After his intentional wrecking of Ron Hornaday in Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race in Texas, there has been no shortage of opinions on the fate of the talented driver. Thoughts ranging from “fire him” to “he shouldn’t be suspended at all” have been voiced from all corners of the sport. NASCAR responded by parking Busch for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races during the Texas weekend.
For those who think Busch should be fired or hope that he will somehow be removed from the sport altogether, this would be a bad thing for NASCAR.
Often times, people judge incidents like these based on whether or not they like the driver in question or if said driver’s actions somehow impacted their favorite. Removing emotion from the equation, this was a completely inappropriate move by Busch, but certainly not one worthy of removal from his team.
But aside from removal being too severe of a punishment, NASCAR can’t afford to lose Busch or even have him demoted to an uncompetitive situation.
For one thing, Busch is too good of a talent to be allowed to get away. Few drivers can handle a racecar like he can. It’s never a good thing for a sport to remove talent from competition.
But perhaps most importantly, Busch adds life to the sport. He is not one of the bland personalities that pervade racing today. Some people like him and some people don’t but there are very few who have no opinion of him. There are far too many drivers in NASCAR today that do not elicit an opinion from fans at all.
To prove the point that Busch drives discussion, a look at the articles posted on the popular Jayski.com website on Monday, there were as many dealing with Busch as there were on Sunday’s Sprint Cup winner, Tony Stewart. There was certainly very little worth talking about in regard to that race.
Removing Kyle Busch from a competitive NASCAR situation would be the equivalent of having all the seasonings removed from your favorite dish at your favorite restaurant. There would still be substance but no flavor.
This is in no way an attempt to condone Busch’s deliberate actions of this past weekend. Hopefully he will learn from that incident and its outcome so that he may show more restraint on the track. But also, it is my hope that he will continue to speak his mind and not become one of those politically correct robots who spew always predictable responses every time they are confronted by a microphone or a camera.
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