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Richard Childress Receives Blame For Incident With Kyle Busch After Truck Race
Published June 6, 2011
HEARING IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: In Charlotte, Jim Utter cited a source as saying that Childress "initiated the incident." The source added that Childress "took off his jewelry before approaching Busch in the garage area and struck him with his fist." Busch and Childress "were separated, traded insults and then Childress grabbed Busch in a headlock and struck him again before the incident was broken up" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/4). The altercation happened "about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the race" (SCENEDAILY.com, 6/4). Speed reporter Ray Dunlap said that Childress "went to Busch's garage with the intention of talking to him." But Dunlap added, "What my friends who were there told me, said Kyle lipped off to him, and said, 'Don't worry about it old man,' or something like that, and that really fired him up" (K.C. STAR, 6/5). ESPN’s Nicole Briscoe reported when Busch and Childress met with NASCAR officials Sunday, Busch was not wearing sunglasses. Briscoe: "Perhaps a statement as to how hard or how hard he was not hit by Richard Childress” ("NASCAR Now," ESPN2, 6/5).
FINALLY HAD ENOUGH: ESPN’s Marty Smith reported the animosity between Busch and Childress “goes far back.” Smith: “I talked with people inside (Childress’) organization and ... there was a time when they were wrecking cars unnecessarily, and Childress said to Busch, ‘If this continues to happen I'm going to take care of it myself. I’m going to take care of it myself.’ It seems on Saturday, he lived up to his word” ("NASCAR Now," ESPN2, 6/5). Fox' Jeff Hammond noted, "Don’t forget Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch going at it at the end of that race (last month). Richard Childress sent word and let Kyle Busch know, ‘You touch another piece of my equipment, I’m going to come and I’m going to whip you.’ Yesterday, it was a matter of principle. Kyle hit that #22 truck, and Richard said enough’s enough, and he went down there and he settled it” ("STP 400," Fox, 6/5). In Orlando, George Diaz wrote Childress, "one of the most respected men in the business," did what "any man of honor would do in this situation: He let his drivers know he had their back and wasn't going to take any more of this nonsense" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 6/5).
INTO THE PENALTY BOX: Fox' Darrell Waltrip said he believes the penalty against Childress will be "pretty serious." Waltrip: "These drivers can get into it on the racetrack, we’ve seen that. They fined the guys for getting in trouble on pit row during Darlington a couple of weeks ago. I think when an owner steps over the line -- I think they might make an example out of him” ("STP 400," Fox, 6/5).