I'm sure race fans throughout the country has seen the footage of Kurt Busch driving into Tony Stewart on pit road at Dover last week. The more I hear discussions on radio and tv and read reports here on the 'net, it makes more angry that Nascar didn't penalize him more. Nascar's penalty of 100 point deduction, $100,000 fine and probation is the same as Paris Hilton getting out of jail early. I won't get into the argument that "the crewman could have been killed or seriusly hurt." What Kurt did is drive his car intentionally at Tony Stewart's car, which was parked on pit road and had a crewman doing repairs on it. I applaud Nascar for parking Busch during the race, but they missed an excellent chance to send the strong message to drivers that that kind of behavior won't be tolerated. I would have sat Busch for two races, fine of $150,000 and 150 points and probation for one calender year.
Let's examine Kurt's reaction to the penalty: Comments from Kurt Busch: "I regret my actions on Monday during the race. To accept the penalty, that's what we're going to do. I'm glad I'm here to race the car this weekend. We've got our work cut out for us to gain these 100 points back. The money, hopefully it goes to the NASCAR Foundation or whatever they do with the funds. We're here to move forward. The real incident was out on the racetrack. What happened on pit road is the real story. I reached out for Jason Lee, the crew member on Joe Gibbs' team, and left him a message to clear some of the air on things, to let him know that it was not my intention at all to put him in danger. What the beef is is between me and Tony out on the track."(Clear!Blu PR)(6-9-2007)He made those remarks with a smirky little smile on his face and seemed to just go through the motions to try to make things right with the media and the rest of Nascar Nation. Dang right you'll move forward. Deep down inside, your breathing a sigh of relief that you didn't get suspended for at least one more race. If you really want to make the beef between you and Tony, then do what others have done in the past - go down to him after the race and clean his clock. Only in this situation, I think Tony will put you back a couple of time zones.