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Kyle Busch a growing contender

— When the news broke in early June, the public vitriol aimed at NASCAR driver Kyle Busch burst into view. Reports had surfaced that NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, fed up with Busch running into this drivers in recent races, grabbed Busch in the Kansas Speedway garage and punched him. NASCAR then levied a $150,000 fine on Childress. But in the court of public opinion, it was Childress, 65, who was presumed innocent and the temperamental Busch, 26, who had it coming. "NASCAR should pay Childress $150,000, not fine him," was one typical reader comment on latimes.com, a view echoed on other websites as well. Said another reader: "[Busch] is a big baby." In...

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