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.

Was NASCAR's $50,000 fine and probation enough punishment for Kyle Busch?
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%)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      A fine of $50,000 is just a drop in the bucket for someone who makes millions per year. Monetary fines do nothing to these guys. He should be docked for the next 3 races. That would include the all important Daytona 500. And put him on probation for all of 2012. I hope M&M's drops him.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That fool shouldn't be allowed to drive anything anywhere, period.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was absolutely inexcusable. If there was ever a time that the auto racing world should be concerned with safety, it's now. He should be suspended for the remainder of the season at least.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What would have happened if he killed Ron?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Problem is, too many idiot fans think this is OK. I guess someone has to get killed or seriously injured to make a real change.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should not be on probation, he should be banned for the rest of the season. He could have killed someone. And the fine should have stayed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I read some of the comments in the other entry about this and found them interesting. I get that NASCAR lovers are a different breed of animal than most other race enthusiasts, but it seems that in some of those comments people have forgotten, these people are risking their lives to do this. Someone always argues NASCAR isn't real racing, then someone else argues how much skill it takes to go around the track in excess of 150+mph with 80 other drivers on the track, etc etc. It's inevitable. I saw someone argue there's a big difference between a crash at 30-40mph and a crash over 100mph. As a former safety specialist, I can humbly inform you a crash is a crash, regardless of speed. I've seen photos of crashes at 25mph that were deadly with the right circumstances. I won't say what the league should have done to Busch and I'm not hardly arguing that other drivers are any better than Busch, but these slaps on the wrist really need to stop. NASCAR fans (and race fans in general) are a rowdy bunch and I'm not knocking that at all. But these kinds of the messages we're sending to the youth that will eventually carry these team's torches is that this kind of sh*t is actually okay in sports and competition. You already risk your like getting into that car with all kinds of variables you have no control over. You don't need help increasing the odds that you're going to get hurt, or God-forbidden killed out there on that track.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm on board with most of what you're saying, but stating that a crash at 30-40 is the same as a crash at 100 is a little absurd. Sure, people could die at the lower speeds... but you know damn well the risk is significantly higher at higher speeds.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      NASCAR needs to decide whether it wants to be taken seriously as a race series (which it never will be), because this behavior is unnacceptable in legitimate motorsport. Now, that being said, I think NASCAR should re-make itself as the first full-contact series, because it would be about the only thing that would make it interesting.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Taking in account the difference in salary between me and Kyle, thats like charging me $50 and saying "Dont' do that again. We wil be watching you!".
        • 3 Years Ago
        And don't forget you were not allowed to watch Tv either the entire weekend.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Season ban would have been appropriate. This is minor. As I said in my previous post, if Nascar was serious about safety, they would ban him for the season. They aren't and they won't.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Childress should have tracked him down again, put him a headlock and pounded the crap out of his melon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      IMO this guy should be banned, he endgred the others drive life not just the car he pited. He clearly has very poor sportsmanship and consideration for others.
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