Someone needs to force Kyle Busch to get his anger in check before it destroys his career.
Busch has shown flashes of dominance throughout his career. He is continually at or near the top of the leaders for most wins in a Sprint Cup season.
However, the key to a Cup Championship is consistency, and this is not Busch's strong suit.
Every year, Busch finishes well back in the pack in the Chase for the Sprint Cup because his anger and frustration leads to him making decisions that take him out of races.
This was never more apparent than it was this past Friday in the trucks race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Ron Hornaday got into Kyle Busch, but that was the kind of contact that is typical in a race. It certainly wasn't a clean move, and Busch had a right to be upset, but he has to handle that better than this.
That move earned Busch a suspension for the rest of the weekend's events.
Needless to say, any driver serious about contending for a championship cannot afford to miss an entire race because they completely lose their mind.
In the video, you can hear Busch's crew chief practically pleading with Busch not to go off the deep end and do something as foolish as he wound up doing.
Busch simply couldn't help himself. Once Busch's anger kicks in his vision goes red and he loses his grip on reality, perspective and repercussions.
To his credit, Busch has fully accepted blame for this incident. He released an open letter of apology, and acknowledges that he cannot continue in this kind of behavior. Busch:
Through a lot of support from the people around me, I feel like I’ve made a lot of strides this year, but this was certainly a step backward. Moving forward, I will do everything I possibly can to represent everyone involved in a positive manner.
However, I know my long-term actions will have more of a bearing than anything I say right now.
Busch is not going to be able to control those long term actions on his own. He needs help, and it is not likely that he is willing to admit that.
So, while many fans echo this sentiment:
That is not the best option here. Joe Gibbs doesn't need to fire Busch, he needs to help his talented driver.
Gibbs needs to mandate that Kyle Busch seeks anger management. After an incident like this it is certainly warranted. And Gibbs has the history of handling people that suggests he could pose it to Kyle in a way that would make it more willing for him to participate.
For Busch, having his boss mandate that he goes to anger management would eliminate any issues of pride. This would not be Kyle admitting that he needs outside help, this would be Kyle doing what he has to do to keep his ride.
Busch would be a much better racer because of it, and the rest of the NASCAR field would be much safer.