NASCAR has announced the rest of Kyle Busch's punishment for intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday, Jr. during the Texas Motor Speedway round of the Camping World Truck Series last weekend: $50,000 and probation until the end of the year. According to the Associated Press, it is exactly the same punishment given to Robby Gordon in 2007 and Kevin Harvick in 2002 for their racing incidents, except those two drivers only paid $35,000.
Busch promptly released a written apology to Hornaday, Jr., his team, sponsors and fans. Even so, after Busch's other intentional altercations this year and the fact that he dangerously plowed a competitor dead-on into the wall at more than 100 miles an hour, and with Hornaday, Jr. purposefully taken out of the running for the series championship, a $50,000 fine and probation strikes us as little more than a wrist slap. He might receive further discipline from his team or sponsor, but it's unlikely.
Do you think NASCAR levied a fair punishment? Watch the crash and the aftermath again in the video after the jump for a refresher, then have your say in our poll below.
|Yes – if anything, it was too harsh||139 (4.5%)|
|Yes – it was fair and balanced||267 (8.7%)|
|No – the punishment was a little light||359 (11.7%)|
|No – the punishment was very light||1029 (33.6%)|
|No – the punishment was absurdly light, he should have been banned from NASCAR||1205 (39.3%)|
|I'm not sure||67 (2.2%)|