By: Keith Bloemendaal
NASCAR announced today that it has placed Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 car, and Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 car, on probation for the next six races in the Sprint Cup Series. This comes as a result of their on-track incident Saturday night after the checkered flag had already waved, signaling the end of the race at Bristol.
According to NASCAR, Busch and Edwards violated Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing; hitting another competitor's car after the race had concluded) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book.
This shows the immaturity of the young Busch, as I watched this unfold on TV Saturday night, I rewound my DVR several times to see Carl's bump and run move. From my view, Carl was not excessive in his move, and was obviously being held up by the 18 car of Kyle Busch. Edwards could have easily put Busch in the wall, but opted to lightly tap the back of Kyle's M&M's Toyota to slide him out of the way. And we all know, if Kyle was fast enough, he would have done the same to Carl.
The real offenses came after the race, when Kyle hit the 99 car several times after the race, then Edwards retaliated and spun the 18 car on the track.
I think the penalty is fair, and if Carl would have left it alone after Kyle Busch bumped him, it would just be Kyle Busch on probation from NASCAR for the next 6 races.
The six race penalty will be tough on both racers as this will last 4 races into the Chase for the Cup. And both will have to be on there best behavior on the track (before, during and after the race).