Does the name of a driver or drivers involved have an impact on penalties issued by NASCAR?
Kyle Busch says it does.
Whatever NASCAR’s punishment of Matt Kenseth for intentionally wrecking race leader Joey Logano on Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Busch believes NASCAR concerns itself more with the driver involved than the violation that occurred.
Busch, who has had plenty of run-ins with NASCAR over on-track incidents in his career, was asked Sunday his opinion about Kenseth’s actions toward Logano.
“Did he do anything wrong? I don't know. Did he do anything right? I don't know,” Busch said. “I think it all depends on whose name’s above the door on whether or not you’re allowed to do it.”
Busch said he wasn’t sure NASCAR needed to necessarily curtail any of the actions taking place in recent races, but needed to enforce its rules consistently.
“It's boys being boys right now. You got to be consistent. I definitely feel NASCAR is very consistent in being inconsistent on calls,” he said. “I think it’s ‘BS.’
“They better – I say ‘They better’, but they don't have to listen to me for squat. Really doesn't matter what I say.”
Asked on pit road after the race if he would be racing next week at Texas if he had done the same thing as Kenseth on Sunday, Busch simply said, “Nope.”