Races, tracks, drivers and all the drama that comes along with it
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:33 am
i figure i would post this, because nothing gets posted about chilly and why things may have occurred, since this is a pro kyle board.......................................
After the run-in between Busch and Kevin Harvick at Darlington Raceway, Richard Childress vowed before God, the drivers and NASCAR brass in the hauler that if Busch damaged another RCR vehicle he would exact revenge,This was no empty threat. It was black and white. And Childress is a man of his word.
So after Busch roughed up Joey Coulter’s race truck on the cool-down lap Saturday because he didn’t like the way the 20-year-old rookie raced him for fifth place, Childress was honor-bound to make good on his promise.
Coulter’s truck, earmarked for next weekend’s Texas race, now requires a trip to a fabrication shop before it will be ready for competition. For an owner who started in a one-bay garage, the unnecessary damage of property was taken as a personal attack.
Uncharacteristically, Childress went back to the truck garage where, according to witnesses, he removed his watch and stuck his ring in his pocket. Then he went to find Busch.
Childress was done talking. Reasoning had not worked with the 26-year-old in the past; it was time for action against a driver — and a team.
So, in old-school fashion, the 65-year-old Childress, a former racer, started swinging. The blows struck Busch, but they also sent a message to the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
To understand Childress’ actions — they resulted Monday in a $150,000 fine and probation through the end of the year — one must understand the depth of his frustration. Consider:
• Before Saturday’s altercation, there was the Darlington Speedway incident between RCR and Gibbs drivers — and it was a costly one.
After Busch collected Harvick and fellow RCR driver Clint Bowyer near the end of the race — “Eighteen hooked me,” Harvick said over the radio — Harvick followed Busch to pit road. Though Busch tried to elude him, Harvick got out of his car and reached into Busch’s window with his left arm.
Busch, still in his car, then punted the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet into the pit wall, causing $30,000 in damage to the car’s front end. Tack on the $25,000 Harvick was fined, plus the probation he received through June 15 for all NASCAR events.
• Last summer, a former RCR employee with knowledge of RCR set-ups left for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Not long after, NASCAR investigated Bowyer’s No. 33 Chevrolet at Richmond, which resulted in a warning from officials. After Bowyer’s victory at New Hampshire, his car was declared illegal: NASCAR concluded Bowyer’s car at Richmond had exceeded the tolerances for the positioning of the body on the frame. Childress’ crew chief, Shane Wilson, was levied a $150,000 fine (later reduced to $100,000), and the No. 33 team was docked 150 driver and owner points.
Many wondered how Gibbs driver Denny Hamlin acquired enough information to make the following accusation against Childress at Dover:
“In the garage, everyone has known it for months,” Hamlin said. “It’s not two weeks old. This is something that’s been going on for months. They’ve (33 team) been warned for a long time, way before Richmond. This is not something that, ‘Oh, man, they just told us halfway after Richmond and going into Loudon that our car’s wrong.’
“They knew it was wrong way before that, and I felt like they just, they wanted to get everything they could. What did they have to lose really? You almost can’t fault them for that.”
And if, as Hamlin charged, everyone knew, why wasn’t Richard Childress Racing busted long before Richmond?
Hamlin’s rant the Friday before the Dover race led Harvick to defend the company’s honor with his chrome horn during Saturday practice.
A dust-up occurred between Hamlin and Harvick the Nos. 11 and 29 on the track, leading Childress to later quip, “You can’t win a #### contest with a skunk.”
• To further fuel the feud, there’s the issue of Harvick having once advised Busch on how to start a truck team. And how did Busch thank Harvick? He hired Harvick’s championship crew chief, Rick Ren, to be general manager of Kyle Busch Motorsports.
• As for Childress, there are those who question whether he has been on the wrong side of NASCAR since 2007, when his then-sponsor, Cingular, merged with AT&T. AT&T filed a lawsuit against the sanctioning body to replace Cingular with the AT&T brand on Jeff Burton’s No. 31 Chevrolet. NASCAR had grandfathered the Cingular and Alltel sponsorships in the Cup Series after Nextel became the title sponsor in 2004.
There were also tense moments after Shell-Pennzoil became the title sponsor of Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet and received tremendous exposure after the driver’s 2007 Daytona 500 win — much to the chagrin of Sunoco, the official fuel supplier of NASCAR
Still, Childress continues to be a staunch supporter of the sport. He has had his share of setbacks in the 38 years he has helped build NASCAR — he lost his best friend, Dale Earnhardt, on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 — but he also has built an empire that was once unimaginable to a man with such humble beginnings.
None of this excuses what happened Saturday between Childress and Busch in the truck garage.
Yes, NASCAR’s roots stem from outlaws who maintained justice with the threat of firearms or fists. And the sport grew to national prominence from highlight reels of brawls and crashes: Who can blame NASCAR for airing footage of the 1979 Daytona 500 throwdown among Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers, when it suits the sport’s marketing purposes?
In this day and age, NASCAR can't condone this kind of violence. NASCAR can’t afford that kind of escalation in stock car racing. Nevertheless, it’s easy to understand the forces that play that caused Richard Childress to do what he did.
Old-school racers will always take care of business in old-school ways, even when it is not politically correct to do so
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:43 am
give it a rest
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:04 am
A man of his word....
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:09 am
give it a rest
why????? its not an offensive, post, but then again, it doesnt agree with your thoughts.......... maybe you need to give it a rest
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:11 am
yeah, how very Christian of her......
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:14 am
Give what a rest? I think it was a well written piece relaying his point of view on something that is taking place in front of everyone.
Don't like it or don't want to read it, pick up the remote and change channels. Well done michaeljohn.
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:15 am
i was going to bring that up, but why bother, the double standard continues
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:22 pm
I would have knocked the crap out of him too.
In fact surprised someone else hadnt done it yet. Actually it is good to see the owner get his licks in since it is actually him that it cossts money, not the driver.
The thing is with the way Nascar is right now, is why some drivers can actually act like spoiled little brats. They think no one will give them their just whippin'
Well I can appreciate old School myself. So kudos to RC.
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:26 pm
like i have been posting, if the reports are true the chilly asked kyle not to tear up cars and talk to the driver afterward, id be upset too, nothing is coming out of kyles pocket, so im glad chilly did what he did,
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:43 pm
Thanks for the post MJ,now maybe people can understand why some of us feel the way we do.Tim Brewer spoke highly of Richard and said he didn't think Richard would care if the fine was 300k,long as he got his point across.The question is,will this attitude adjustment work on that hard head of Kyles? The surprise to most i think, is alot of people thought it would be another driver rather than a 65yr.old man that is pretty laid back and a really nice guy at that.Will say,he surprised me and i'm sure he surprised Kyle as well
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:49 pm
i like chilly ton of respect for him, and to read that harvicks car got 30 grand of damage at darlington shocked me, regardless who you are that is alot of money, so i completely understand why he punched kyle, and i feel he was in the right to do so, he is just a old school guy, i know if dale was here and that happened to him, he would have went after kyle,
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:10 am
This is a great article and I had forgot about some of the things mentioned thanks for posting.
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:46 am
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Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:49 am
These people that think they speak for God crack me the f%ck up
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:03 pm
MJ. Thanks for posting that article. I just have a couple of things to say to some of the people that post on here. 1. Just because you don't like a article that someone post doesn't mean you have to belittle or take your negative attitude out on that person who post it. There are many times I don't like what someone has posted but I can say that by having read that post I have learned a lot about Nascar/drivers and that this article was something I never would have thought about it not for someone posting it. 2. You all havetto remmber that everyone isn't going to get along and that some people like to start Sh** and get people riled up. Remember sometimes you have to have those type of people to make life more interesting.
Just my opinion. Happy Hump Day!