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Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 11:06 am
By Pete Pistone

If you’re looking for a line to cross that will provoke the wrath of NASCAR, stop wasting your time. 

There clearly isn’t one. 

Drivers purposely running into each other in retaliation on the race track? 

“Have at it Boys.” 

Competitors taking sports cars out for 128 mph joyrides on public highways with 45 mph speed zones? 

Enjoy the ride. 

Team owners slugging drivers in the garage area?

Make sure you don’t lose your jewelry. 

There’s a Wild West mentality going on in NASCAR these days and the sanctioning body doesn’t seem to mind one bit. 

For nearly two years the payback and on-track retribution of the “Boys Have at It” era has continued to escalate. 

What began as a slogan to describe NASCAR’s intent to loosen its reins on competitors and not over regulate the sport has morphed into a free for all that has spawned paybacks on the race track as well as fisticuffs in the garage area. 

The latest example came on Saturday when team owner Richard Childress decided he’d seen enough of Kyle Busch’s antics and decided to deliver a knuckle sandwich in the Kansas Speedway Camping World Truck Series garage. 

According to witnesses not since Nolan Ryan delivered a whipping to White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura for making an ill-advised trip to the pitcher’s mound back in the day had a more senior member of the sports world dispensed such a beating to someone several years his junior. 

NASCAR’s reaction to the altercation? 

You guessed it, not much. 

The die was probably cast on Sunday when the sanctioning body allowed Childress to remain on the grounds at Kansas, although “in a restricted manner.” The logic given was that since RCR did not have another senior management type at the track, sending Childress away would be unfair to the organization. 

So with that response perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the final punishment handed out on Monday was not a suspension of any kind but simply a $150,000 fine and the laughable “probation” period that NASCAR hands out like Halloween candy. 

Childress will pay his fine, which for the record is the second highest in the sport’s history trailing only the 200k  NASCAR hit driver Carl Long with when he showed up at the track with an engine that was off specifications by 0.17 cubic inches. By the way Long was also originally suspended 12 races for that infraction before the sentence was cut to eight events. 

However Childress will be back at work this weekend much lighter in the wallet but really none the worse for wear. 

The same cannot be said for NASCAR. 

Yet again the sport of stock car racing has put itself in a bad light and the spotlight has been taken off the product to another sideshow production. It no longer matters who wins a race. The real story is what controversy, fight or other distraction NASCAR is involved in each week.

There isn’t another sport in the world that would tolerate the behavior on and off the track that has gone on in NASCAR this season. But rather than step in, make a statement and do its best to police itself and its image, the best NASCAR can do is hand out hollow justice and reinforce empty policies. 

When Kyle Busch made headlines from coast to coast with his 128 mph speeding ticket two weeks ago, NASCAR didn’t even make an attempt to address the situation even though, whether right or wrong, the sport received a ton of bad publicity and in many cases was ridiculed. 

What was obviously a dangerous situation was ignored and in the process sent a message that perhaps NASCAR condones such behavior.  Silence is not always golden. 

Instructing Busch to take part in public service announcements as an advocate of safe driving or talking to school groups about highway safety would have been the responsible thing for the sanctioning body to do. 

When competitors decide to use their fists to get their point across in any other sport with the exception of hockey, there are repercussions. 

However in NASCAR such behavior seems to be actually encouraged. Oh and that encouragement isn’t limited to simply the people behind the wheel. As the Childress altercation clearly indicates, team owners are welcome to participate as well. 

Imagine any other team owner in any other professional sport being involved in a fight like the one Childress was in on over the weekend. How long would the NFL or NBA or Major League Baseball wait before banning that owner from attending games or conducting business at an event? 

If you answered instantly you’re today’s big winner. 

Richard Childress is one of the most respected people to ever spend one minute in the NASCAR world and rightfully so. He’s a pillar of the community, one of the sport’s biggest contributors and a future Hall of Famer. 

He did not conduct himself in a manner that reflects any of those accomplishments on Saturday. It is NASCAR’s job to ensure its participants, especially at the level of team ownership, maintain a decorum of civil behavior as representatives of the sport.

NASCAR did nothing to indicate it cares one iota about such matters and by doing so has added to a track record that long ago crossed the line of embarrassment.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:39 am

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

If RC had beaten Kyle's face black and blue, I'm sure he would have been more severly punished.  Looking at Kyle the next day, he didn't look any different than usual.  It's not the same if Jerry Jones beat Tom Brady to a pulp.  No pulp involved here.  Typical over the edge reaction here.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:30 am

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Well, those are the owners beating their own stars, okay, I didn't compare apples to apples.

So, what if Jerry Jones took Tom Brady's head and beat it to a pulp?  Is that better?  What would the punishment be for that?
Same argument.......  

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:27 am

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

What would the NFL do if Jerry Jones put Romo in a headlock and beat his face in???  I believe it would be more than a little fine.

What would the NBA do if Jerry Buss took Kobe and beat the hell out of his head and face???   A fine is all???  I don't think so.

Okay, so lets keep it in racing terminology, what if Roger Penske took Helio's head in a headlock and beat him until he was black and blue?
Would Indycar just fine him and let it go?  I seriously doubt it. 

So, keeping it in perspective, what is this menial fine about and is it really a fair punishment in reference to other sports.  Hell, a hockey player gets suspended for many, many games for a big hit or "minor/major" infraction.  What about an owner??  Is that really the right punishment compared to what other sports owners would get for the same infraction???  I think not.     &

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:09 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Did you just caall NECKCAR a sport?  What next Madden football is a sport too?  Hysterical, thanks for the laugh!

Will someone please tell me what "antics" Busch pulled this time?  He got second and did nothing else.  Weird.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:04 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Of course to support Busch, who drives 128 mph through residential areas, is just as bad as supporting Childress.  They are both big criminal babies who hate laws, rules, and common sense.  Essentially when they meet, it is a case of pot meeting kettle.  A violent hypcocrite and an idiot who endangers the public, wonderful.  Of course NECKCAR does nothing knowing that theor core is all about violence, law breaking, and the body count.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:57 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Funny how everone who is in favor of Childress's actions has a "3" or and "88" in their screen name.  Dale Sr wrecked more people than anyone in the history of Nascar and RC seemed fine with that......

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:53 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

How awesome would it be if Busch wrecked and took out criminal Childress with them?  Nothing like a good ol' scrubbing of the gene pool to rid society of those two criminals.  NASCAR makes the NBA look respectable.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:54 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

Childress loved it when Dale Sr drove like that, but he's got a big problem when The Shrub does it.  Big hypocrite. 

I expect Bush to race the way he always has - hard, to win, and right up against the line of taking it too far (just like Dale Sr).  The fact that he races so hard, intimidates the other 42 guys, and then just departs (leaves it all on the track), makes them mental.  He's obviously in Chilcress' head (and many other people in Nascar).  Go Bush.  You've got these people grinding their teeth. 

And why did Bush come Sunday morning look as pretty as a girl if he supposedly got beaten up by this pathetic old hypcrite?  Not a single scratch?  Not a little bruise?  Childress hits like a p-ssy, apparently.

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:51 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

regor88 how do you blame Coach for what RC did? Kyle is the owner of his own truck team and Coach has nothing to do with it. Where did you get your pair of IHKG's? I see them being sold in lots of places...Now!!! WHAT THE F*#K NASCAR???.If Kyle was NOT on probation and walked up to RC and put him in a head-lock and started punching him in the head WE WOULD SEE THE LARGEST FINE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF NASCAR and not see Kyle for, (pause) I don't know,maybe 5 to 10 races, is my guess. 

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:14 pm

Idle Thoughts: NASCAR sends wrong message again

hey pistone: maybe you should cover some of the more genteel sports like golf.

kyle's been asking for it. he was put on probation for his after race antics at darlington. he repeated his behavior at chicago. nascar didn't take care of it. richard childress did. end of story.

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