I’m starting to think that TRG driver and MMA hobbyist Andy Lally could make a lot more money if he gave up his ride and set up a portable dojo in the drivers’ mobile home lot each week for lessons.
Everybody wants to fight these days, the latest being Richard Childress, who apparently delivered a headlock and a couple of haymakers to Kyle Busch after Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.
NASCAR President Mike Helton said Sunday that Childress’ fate would come sooner than usual, which means that Childress is going to get drilled. And he should. Driver-on-driver fisticuffs is one thing, but an owner should be held to a higher standard. We’ve seen how embarrassing a team owner acting like a 5-year-old during an event can be thanks to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. If the Mavs haven’t licensed a sippy cup and rattle they should so Cuban can have something to do during timeouts.
But here’s why Childress lost his cool: Busch made light contact with Richard Childress Racing driver Joey Coulter after the checkered flag because he didn’t like the way Coulter raced him.
Normally, that’s nothing in NASCAR circles. But Busch is on probation because of an incident with a Richard Childress driver, Kevin Harvick, at Darlington. Everybody knows there’s already a lot of frayed nerves between Busch and the Childress camp.
Had Busch done what he did to Johnny Sauter or Timothy Peters — guys who had no connection to Childress whatsoever — then I could understand why NASCAR would choose to let this go. But Busch is on probation for doing something to a Childress driver. He should know that anything untoward he does to a Childress driver is fanning the flames.
When Busch hit Coulter, it was reasonable for Busch to think that somebody from RCR wasn’t just going to say, “No big deal. See ya next week.”
Hate to turn this into a kindergarden spat during recess, but in this case, RCR has every right to point to Busch and say, “He started it.”
For NASCAR to so quickly say that Busch didn’t violate his probation is to confirm Kyle Petty’s assertion Sunday on “NASCAR RaceDay” that probation in this sport is absolutely meaningless.
How in the world are you going to instill discipline that way?