True to his word, Childress punched out Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch's reaction to the penalties levied on Richard Childress was measured and terse. NASCAR fined Childress $150,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year for punching Busch multiple times after Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.
"NASCAR decided to make the decisions that they felt were necessary, and that's pretty much the end of it," Busch said Wednesday at Eldora Speedway before the Prelude to the Dream charity race at the half-mile dirt track.
On the cool-down lap after the Kansas race, Busch gave a slight door-slam to the Childress-owned truck of Joey Coulter, who had contact with Busch while passing him for fifth place on the final lap. In the wake of an early May run-in between Busch and RCR driver Kevin Harvick at Darlington – which damaged Clint Bowyer's car and Harvick's car and landed both Busch and Harvick on probation through June 15 – Childress had promised to damage Busch if Busch damaged another Childress race car.
After Saturday's race, Childress kept his promise, and Busch did not retaliate.
Asked again if he was satisfied with the sanctions against Childress, Busch said simply, "It's not my fight."
Austin Dillon, Childress' grandson, took issue with those who believed the $150,000 fine was insufficient punishment.
"It's a hefty fine," Dillon said. "I feel like it was a little much. But they're going make an example out of something like that, because nothing like that's happened in a long time. … My grandfather is a man of his word.
"He always has been, and he always will be. He's probably not happy about it – no one is – but it's part of the sport, so we'll just have to go on from it. Anybody that thinks that's a slap on the wrist ought to try and pay it sometime. If they think that, they're out of their mind." Scenedaily.com