NASCAR » 10 June 2011
Childress makes statement on fine
Richard Childress made the briefest of statements to the media about his $150,000 fine, while rumours flew that another driver had recently received a "secret" fine for throwing a punch.
Richard Childress met with the media ahead of this weekend's 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway and inevitably had to tackle the outstanding issue of his altercation with Kyle Busch last weekend at Kansas Speedway, and the $150,000 penalty he received from NASCAR for his actions.
Elsewhere, Ryan Newman and Juan Montoya were keeping tight-lipped about rumours that they, too, had come to blows in the NASCAR hauler back in May.
Childress made it clear that the statement would be brief, and that there would be no encores: "Here is the deal," he said. "I am going to make one statement on this deal.
"I appreciate everyone's patience during the last week when I couldn't talk to everyone. The main thing is I take all the responsibility for my actions last week. I am very passionate about this sport. I am passionate about my race teams, our fans and I let my emotions come in front of my passion. But that is behind us."
Childress made it clear that he accepted that his actions had been wrong: "I guess the next thing is the fine that was levied against me ... I agree NASCAR should have done something with me."
However, he was clearly still angry that Kyle Busch had escaped any sanction at all, in particular for the on-track, post-race bump that he gave to Childress' Camping World Truck Series rookie driver Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap: "I don't agree that they didn't handle the situation that happened on the cool-down lap.
“Hopefully Kyle and myself will both end up learning something from this," he added, giving the clear indication that he considered the $150,000 money well-spent if it had taught Busch a lesson.
When it came to the fine itself, Childress revealed that he had been sent money from fans to help him out with paying it off. "We had a lot of fans to send in donations last week toward our fine," he admitted, but said that "I am going to pay it personally."
As for the donations he'd received, he said that he would instead give them to charity. "All that money that has been sent in, that is still coming in, we're going to take and donate to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. At least in every bad situation, something good will come out of it."
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