NASCAR: Kurt Busch Wrongly Suspended for Comments to Reporter

Russell SchmidtContributor IJune 4, 2012

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NASCAR has once again proved to be inconsistent in doling out punishments for drivers speaking their minds.

Most recently, Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski dissed NASCAR for policies put in place they disagreed with. Their punishment was a $50,000 fine. I thought this was a free country, but no one can diss the policy of NASCAR almighty.

Now, I'm not saying Kurt Busch or his brother Kyle are part of the angel squad, but the latest ruling from NASCAR to suspend Kurt from participating (read: drive) in any competition until June 13th for speaking his mind to reporter Bob Pockrass is just wrong,

Extend his probation until the end of the year, fine, but a suspension from competition is just plain wrong. A fine of $10,000 and a private reprimand would have been a better idea.

Would this decision have been the same for someone such as Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick or Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Probably not.

Both Kurt and Kyle have been victims of their own wrongdoing, especially over the past several years. At times, they are their own worst enemies and it's a shame, as both of them can drive the wheels off a garbage truck.

What do you think? Drop me a line and offer your opinion.

This also creates a problem for Cup team owner James Finch to maintain top-35 status without Kurt behind the wheel. They will have to put someone else in to stay in the running.