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Richard Childress Fined, Placed On Probation For Alteraction With Kyle Busch
Published June 7, 2011
MISPLACED PUNISHMENT: ESPN.com's Terry Blount wrote the decision to fine Childress and place him on probation, while doing nothing to Busch, is the "most unpopular penalty in ages." Blount: "What happens on the track, and goes relatively unpunished, brings about other actions off the track that do get punished. ... Have-at-it-boys on the track leads to increased incidents off the track, and one is a more serious offense than the other. The wrong one." However, Blount wrote he is sure Childress "considers it money well spent," and added, "Realize NASCAR probation means absolutely nothing" (ESPN.com, 6/6). In Milwaukee, Dave Kallmann wrote, "I'm just not seeing much of a penalty. And I'm not seeing much of a deterrent for the next guy who might be inclined to take a poke at Busch" (JSONLINE.com, 6/6).
SUPPORT IN THE GARAGE? ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said of Childress' situation, "The fact that he’s 65 and he took on a guy probably close to 40 years younger than him, he’s being applauded throughout NASCAR” ("PTI," ESPN, 6/6) ESPN’s Tim Brewer said, “Money's not going stop a man when he’s got as much pride as Richard Childress. ... Richard Childress doesn’t sell cars. He doesn’t sell anything. He sells racing. He is a dedicated person at that and I don't blame him for what he did.” ESPN's Ricky Craven: "Richard Childress sells racing. He is a dedicated person at that and I don't blame him for what he did" ("NASCAR Now," ESPN2, 6/6). But ESPN's Bomani Jones said, "The bottom line is this: You can't have team owners at the age of 65-years-old going up to people that legitimately cannot hit them back. What else do you do against a guy like Richard Childress when this sort of thing happens?” ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/6).
MORE FISTICUFFS? The AP's Fryer noted NASCAR officials "wouldn't say Monday whether Ryan Newman secretly was fined $50,000 for allegedly punching Juan Pablo Montoya during a meeting last month at Darlington." The two drivers were "summoned to NASCAR's at-track office on May 6 to discuss their ongoing feud," and NASCAR afterward said the meeting "did not go as well as we had hoped it would." Rumors of the penalty "began to leak on Monday in response" to the Childress fine (AP, 6/6).