Bad boy Kyle Busch deserves whacks from fellow drivers

Good on ya, David Reutimann.

He isn't one of those "have at it" guys wreckin' havoc on the racetrack. He simply is applying sound principles of driver etiquette.

"If you mess with me, I will mess with you."

Reutimann did nothing wrong when he intentionally slammed his car into Kyle Busch's door in Kansas on Sunday.

The contact caused Busch to bounce off the wall, and was considered more than just a chippy shot because both guys drive Toyotas.

Tough cookies for the Toyota brand.

Busch is one of the most incendiary drivers on the track. He seems to have issues with everybody. Just a few weeks ago, Todd Bodine got into it with Busch during a Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Bodine accused Busch of "dirty driving."

Later on, in New Hampshire, Busch tapped James Buescher after a two-lap restart to win another truck race. After the race, Busch pulled up to Buescher and extended his middle finger. Buescher called Busch the D-word again.

"He just drove us dirty and got the win," Buescher said.

Now on to Kansas, where Busch spun Reutimann early in the race. About 100 laps later — with Busch in seventh place — Reutimann took a retaliatory swipe in intentionally slamming his car into Busch's door and bouncing Busch's car off the wall.

Busch took a bigger hit than that: He finished 21st, and dropped from third to seventh in the Chase standings.

"Sometimes you have to do things to make people see what once was deemed acceptable is not acceptable," Reutimann said Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway.

That followed a statement team owner Michael Waltrip released Monday: "I stand behind David because his record of sportsmanship is flawless. It is the duty of MWR's drivers to deliver for Toyota and our other partners, and I expect them to be treated fairly while doing so."

It's obvious a lot of drivers have had it with Busch and his shenanigans. Busch is a great driver but obviously needs work on his people skills and decorum on the track.

Karma is a beautiful thing. If Busch wants to be a jerk on the track, he should accept the fact there will be consequences.

Because Busch can't be punished with a three-minute timeout in the corner of the room, getting slammed against the wall seems like the most appropriate form of punishment.

"There comes a time … it's a situation where things have gone far enough and you have to do a little something about it, and ideally it's not what you'd like to do," Reutimann said. "Sometimes you don't have a choice."

gdiaz2@tribune.com

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