What Kyle Busch did was completely out of order and unacceptable, to ram into somebody with that closing speed is daft and dangerous. But, NASCAR’s “have at it boys” policy has no limitations or distinctions…until NASCAR themselves think an incident has gone too far. But it’s too late by then, the incident has happened – the vagueness of the policy has given the green light for such actions. This has exposed a flaw in a policy that I like, I like the “boys have at it” policy – but it can produce incidents like last weekend where drivers go overboard.
This incident reminds me of a NASCAR Nationwide race at Dover last year, Clint Boyer deliberately crashed into Denny Hamlin under caution. Boyer wasn’t suspended from any races for that. The speed at which retaliation was served were much lower than in Texas. NASCAR seemingly though that was acceptable – yet found such disgust with last weekend’s incident (which they should) and not the Dover crash.
As for the general sweeping statements about NASCAR, and those who find spinning somebody out on purpose so terrible – get real. This is NASCAR, not open wheel cars where contact between cars has terrible consequences. Payback is a regular occurrence in NASCAR and always be, but that’s what is so exciting – the rivalries that brew between drivers. For example, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch despise each other, so Kurt spun Johnson out at Richmond – only for Johnson to return the favour. It wasn’t dangerous, they just shoved each other around at short track speeds. Kyle took it way too far, however.
I thoroughly enjoy watching the races across all three National Series. The relaxed driving conduct is very appealing, the drivers have to handle themselves and not go and cry to some steward to try and get another driver penalised.