There really is no comparison. Busch has been racing in NASCAR for many years and this was not the first time he has been taken to the woodshed.
Patrick’s action didn’t deserve a suspension, but maybe NASCAR could have sent her a stronger message against endangering other drivers with venting on the track. At least she could have been placed on “double secret” probation.
In other racing news
• Practice opens this weekend for the Indianapolis 500 with cars taking to the track on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. It should be interesting to observe the newly designed cars at speed on the IMS oval and with the new engine package.
Track officials announced Tuesday that there are now 33 cars entered for the race. I suspect several more before qualifying starts on May 19.
• There are currently 27 cars entered for the 64th running of the Pay Less Little 500 on May 26. Former winners entered include Eric Gordon, Shane Cottle, Brian Tyler and Chet Fillip. Expect multiple-time winner Jeff Bloom to also be on hand.
• Anderson Speedway this Saturday is hosting the ARCA/CRA Late Model Sportsman and Street Stocks for the first of several visits in 2012. Both races normally produce plenty of action. Racing starts at 8 p.m.
• Ken de la Bastide may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-454-8580.