It's no secret former Sprint Cup Series driver and now Speed analyst Jimmy Spencer has his own history with Kurt Busch.
Read a reminder of that history here.
Spencer, thus, is no stranger to controversy and he decided to weigh in on Busch's actions last weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and the penalties he has subsequently received by NASCAR.
Here's Spencer's comments in their entirety:
"You’d think a driver would know when he
has stepped over the line and would learn from it. But not Kurt Busch. He got
fired from Roush after he won a championship. Then he got hired by one of the
most honorable men in motor sports and in the business world, Roger Penske, and
you’d think he would learn something from Penske. But it’s obvious Kurt didn’t
learn anything from him either.
Fines and probation are just a joke to
Kurt. I think they just make him angrier. I think Kurt needs to be suspended
for a week or two or even longer. Bill France would have suspended him. You do
not conduct yourself in the public eye the way that Kurt has. You just don’t do
that. He has gotten to the point that he has not only offended the media and
fans; he’s also offended his fellow drivers.
He ran into Tony Stewart’s
car on pit road at Dover a few years ago, and fortunately missed Stewart’s crew
guys. I said then that he needed to be suspended, but NASCAR didn’t do it. He
drove through the 39 pit at Darlington on Saturday and could have hurt some of
those guys. He is dangerous, not only to himself but to other drivers and crew
members because he absolutely short-circuits. Kurt has major, major problems.
Everybody has faults and we try to work on them, but it seems like Kurt tries to
make his worse.
Kurt should be suspended for his conduct in general over
the past five years. His brother, Kyle, was suspended at Texas for something I
thought was much more of a part of racing than what Kurt has been doing. Kurt
has done stuff way more dangerous than any driver I can think of in
NASCAR needs to put their foot down. The guy is a talented
driver and the sport needs him because of his talent, but the way he acts out
gives the sport a black eye. He has no respect for this sport, and to me,
that's the worst part of it all.
Look at Matt Kenseth, Bill Elliott,
David Pearson and other guys who have been level-headed. They didn’t scream at
their crew members and car owners like Kurt has. He has gotten away with it, so
a couple of weeks off might put it all in perspective for him.
doesn’t have respect for anyone and doesn’t have it for the sport. NASCAR needs
to suspend him to teach him the sport doesn’t need him. Take a couple of weeks
off and figure out if you really want to race, and if you do, then you learn to
play by the rules better. That’s what Bill France would have done.
have I seen a driver act like this. Every driver has gone through a problem at
some point in their career – Rusty Wallace, Geoffrey Bodine, Ernie Irvan, Dale
Earnhardt, me – every driver has had an issue at one time or another, but
they’ve all straightened out. I was suspended for poking Kurt Busch in the
nose, and I learned my lesson. We've all been reprimanded and learned. But I’ve
never seen a driver where the same problem goes on for years and doesn’t get any