Childress might not be so lucky.
Busch finished behind Richard Childress Racing driver Joey Coulter in the Trucks race after the two had a spirited late battle for position. Busch drove up beside Coulter’s truck following the race, but Helton said Busch did nothing to jeopardize his status.
“I wasn’t the aggressor or the instigator here,” Busch said when asked if animosity had been brewing between his team and RCR. “I think the best thing to do is just try to put it behind you as best you can.
“Obviously it might be a thought on everyone else’s mind, but when you get a helmet on and get back behind the wheel of a race car and get down to business, that’s what matters most.”
Helton said that Childress will be allowed to stay for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Kansas because his team needs leadership. But his track access will be restricted, and NASCAR said in a separate statement that it will address the owner’s actions Monday.
A statement released Sunday by NASCAR called the incident Saturday “unacceptable,” adding that Childress’s actions fall “far short of the standard we expect of owners.”
“Once we get (Sunday’s) race concluded, which is the focus of the day, we’ll have to decide what NASCAR’s reaction is to Richard Childress as a member of NASCAR in an action against another NASCAR member.”
NASCAR said it met with Childress on Sunday morning and made it clear that it didn’t want the situation to escalate.
“Kyle is focused on the racing,” Gibbs said. “We’re comfortable that NASCAR has done a good job of working through this situation.”