Not so “Happy” Harvick won the WinStar Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Yes, happy he won; but hot that his driver, Ron Hornaday (KHI’s No. 33 Chevy) was knocked out of contention for the NCWTS Championship.
But can he relate to what happened tonight between Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday? In case you missed the race this evening, this is what blew up Twitter and Facebook this evening. It will be the talk of the rest of the weekend. Trust me.
This is Kevin harvick’s response following the race in the Texas Motor Speedway Media Center:
Just as Kevin Harvick was into his first season of taking over for Dale Earnhardt in April 2002 in the No. 29 RCR Chevy, Harvick was officially parked for a Sunday’s Cup race after spinning Coy Gibbs during a Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville. After repeatedly bumping and banging, Harvick rammed Gibbs’ rear bumper and finally spun him exiting Turn 2.
NASCAR had enough, black-flagged Harvick and parked him for the day and for the Sunday’s Martinsville race. Harvick parked his #6 Chevy in front of the Truck series hauler near pit road.
NASCAR parked Kyle Busch for the rest of the race after a Lap 14 incident that started with Busch and Hornaday racing hard side-by-side and ended with Busch knocking Hornaday into the Turn 4 wall in retaliation and out of the series championship battle.
Sound a little familiar?
This suspension fell under NASCAR’s rulebook as an emergency action that is “final, non-appealable and non-reviewable.” n addition to the penalties, Harvick was fined $35,000 and his probation was extended. This $35,000 was in addition to the $15,000 that he paid after the Biffle incident.
One difference between Harvick and Gibbs and what happened between Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday Friday night, is that Harvick was already ON PROBATION from an earlier incident with Biffle at Bristol. Kyle is not on probation.
So, if Kyle Busch is to be fined, I say NASCAR will hit his wallet hard. He intentionally risked the life of another drive, which NASCAR takes very seriously. He’s had issues with his “loss of temper” perviously. With the severity of this wreck, I would like to see NASCAR end his Camping World Truck Series racing, effective tonight, instead of Homestead-Miami, issue a large fine, and follow in Tony Stewart’s footsteps and take an Anger Management course before he does seriously hurt, or god forbid, kill someone.
SPEED had reported via Twitter shortly after the race that NASCAR has called a meeting with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Officials before practice hits the track at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday morning. That’s not a good sign if his Cup car owner is getting involved. Something there is hinting a possible suspension on Sunday.
Richard Childress had taken a stance that since the initial incident was during a Busch (Nationwide) race, and the most recent incident occurred during a Craftsman (Camping World) Truck series race, that the penalties should remain in those series and not rolled over into Winston(Sprint) Cup. It’s a fair point, but NASCAR saw that in this case, the driver had demonstrated a lack of ability to control his temper and had intentionally wrecked and risked the life of another driver.
But all we can do is wait and see and let NASCAR do their jobs. STAY TUNED!!