An important aspect of a writer's day is reading what else is being said. Sometimes you'll agree with what you read—and sometimes you'll disagree so strongly that you'll write your own response.
I was incited to write this piece by an article that used the names Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt in the same sentence—and worse, tried to compare the two drivers.
First off, Dale Earnhardt had more talent in an ingrown toenail than Kyle Busch does on his best racing day.
The article's writer had picked up on the fact both "drive aggressively," which is really my point of argument. Aggression is something both of them embodied—but they use it in different ways.
Earnhardt was aggressive out of an unwillingness to lose. While he would lose his temper from time to time, he never allowed that temper to potentially end someone's career.
Kyle, on the other hand, places other drivers in constant danger. His aggression stems more from an attempt to be relevant rather than from a latent desire to win. Kyle only desires attention, even if it's negative for himself, his team and his sport.
Bottom line: Any attempt to qualify Kyle Busch as somehow decent—or even good—after his terrible behavior is a failure. His latest actions qualify him for what he truly is: a nuisance, a danger and a liability to the sport.
For NASCAR, giving Busch anger management and a suspension is not enough. He shows time and time again that he is bad for the sport—yet they choose to go easy on him.
Sure, NASCAR's statement, "If during the remaining NASCAR events in 2011 there is another action by the competitor that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, the competitor will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR" seems meaty—but it won't be enough.
No doubt Kyle will finish the year on a clean note, as per his probation. His $50,000 fine is also nothing compared to the amount he generally takes in.
The problem with this probation is: Does NASCAR really think Busch will continue to be an angel after his probation has ceased? Hasn't he received enough warnings to behave himself?
It's clear that NASCAR doesn't want to lose a personality that draws in sponsorship and fan money, but each Sunday Busch's temper places other drivers in danger.
The league would be best suited to wash its hands of him.