When you take a group of competitive guys, throw them into racecars, add a little bit of ego, and let them loose on one of many thousands of racetracks across the planet, confrontations are going to happen. It is an inevitability of racing. It doesn’t matter whether the race is at a local dirt track, or the Daytona 500. NASCAR was built on that kind of drama. But when drivers get into it on the track that is where it should stay.
We have seen quite a few examples over the years of on track clashes spilling over into the pits. The most recent incident was a few weeks ago in the Truck Series race at Martinsville. Late in the race, Kyle Busch and Johnny Benson had a run-in on track that led to their crews getting into a scuffle on pit road. Neither driver or their crews were fined or penalized for the incident, but I’m sure Wayne Auton (Truck Series Director) made it clear that it would not happen again.
I can understand guys getting mad over being wrecked. I’ve been there a few times myself. We are all competitive and passionate about the sport. And these crews put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building and preparing these cars and trucks to be raced. But it’s not worth getting your team fined or penalized, and it certainly isn’t worth losing your job over.
The drivers get paid the big bucks to compete and be personalities. Crew guys don’t. What happens on track should stay on track.