How NASCAR Can Prevent the "Dump" and Run

Ben SwareyContributor IJuly 9, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, crashes into the rear of Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, after Kyle hit the wall on the final lap during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 51st Annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)


I'm sure we all saw Kyle Busch's wild wreck on the last lap of the Coke Zero 400. On Thursday, a news conference was held in which Kyle said that he was "dumped."

He said that NASCAR should black flag drivers who "dump" other drivers. In my opinion, Kyle Busch is correct.

I believe that drivers should be black flagged for "dumping" other drivers because I consider it to be rough driving. After all, NASCAR does issue black flags for rough driving, or at least I thought they did. Some people may not see rough driving as being a big deal. However, it is a very big deal.

Rough driving is usually done in the form that was done when Kyle Busch wrecked. Kyle was lucky to get out of his car with just a headache. He could have died if there were no SAFER barriers. If NASCAR black flags drivers for "dumping" other drivers, big wrecks like Kyle Busch's will not happen, and drivers will not get hurt.

Kyle Busch also stated in Thursday's drivers meeting that if a driver "dumps" another driver coming to the finish of the race, as in last week's race, the driver who does the "dumping" should be placed last on the lead lap, and the third place driver should win the race. I also agree with this statement because this serves as the penalty for the driver doing the "dumping" when he cannot be black flagged.

NASCAR should have done this in last week's race at Daytona.

If they would have done so, Tony Stewart would have finished in the 28th position, Kyle Busch 13th, and Jimmie Johnson would have won the race. Instead, Stewart ended up winning the race, while Kyle Busch finished in 14th position, and Jimmie Johnson finished in second position.

Not only should NASCAR black flag drivers for "dumping" other drivers, but if they keep it up, they should be parked. Kevin Harvick was parked in a NCTS race a few years ago for an unrelated incident. If NASCAR would park drivers for "dumping" other drivers, they'll be sure to not do it again!