Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Childress v Busch WAS a Fair Fight

Now, before everyone gets their knickers in a twist, read on. I am not going to debate whether Kyle bumped Joey Coulter after the CWTS race, nor am I going to discuss the punishments handed down. What I am going to discuss is the media's perception that because Richard Childress is an owner and Kyle Busch is a "driver", it was somehow an unfair fight.

Notice that I put quotes around the word driver; I did that for a reason. Had RC come after Kyle following the Darlington Cup race or after a Nationwide race, then I would agree that there existed a disparity of status between the two. I might even agree if Kyle had been driving for another owner in the CWTS; however, this altercation came after a CWTS race in which Kyle was driving the #18, and on every entry list I've ever seen, no matter who was driving the #18, Kyle Busch is listed as the OWNER. That, as far as I'm concerned, places him on equal footing with Childress.

So let's stop looking at this as the big bad owner beating up on the lowly little driver. It wasn't. Instead it was a case of one business owner having a very public disagreement with another. Things like this happen all the time in the business world; they just don't get national press coverage.