Kyle Busch vs. Richard Childress: A Fight for the Generations

Paul CarreauAnalyst IJune 5, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KS - JUNE 04: Joey Coulter, driver of the #22 RCR Chevrolet races with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on June 4, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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By now, news of the Richard Childress and Kyle Busch confrontation has gotten plenty of headlines.

According to multiple sources, such as this ESPN article, about 30 minutes after Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas, Childress, the 65-year-old owner of Joey Coulter's fifth-place finishing truck, got into a physical confrontation with the much younger Busch.

At the end of the race, Busch and Coulter were battling on the track for fifth place. Coulter ultimately got the position, but Busch wasn't happy about the way that he got it.

Feeling that Coulter ran him too aggressively, Busch tapped Coulter's truck on the cool-down lap as a way of letting the young driver know how he felt, and that he wasn't happy about things.

Childress apparently took exception to Busch's handling of the situation.

According to sources, Childress took off his jewelry and approached Busch.

At the point, Childress punched Busch before the two were separated. Then, the two men began a verbal sparring match, after which Childress put Busch in a headlock and punched him in the head for a second time.

This all comes at a time when Busch is already on probation with NASCAR for a post-race altercation. Back at Darlington after an on-track incident with Kevin Harvick, Busch pushed Harvick's unmanned car into the infield retaining wall, as Harvick attempted to punch Busch.

Both drivers were put on probation for four weeks.

Some reporters feel that when this matter is sorted out by NASCAR, Busch will not be further penalized for the incident. The common feeling is that what transpired on the track between Busch and Coulter post-race is not an issue and that minor incidents like that happen all the time.

The thinking is that NASCAR will get the two men together to discuss the situation, at which time any penalties incurred will be handed out.

Busch will start Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas in the third position.

Childress, who owns four cars in the Sprint Cup Series, is fully expected to be in attendance.