Kyle Busch doesn’t feel safe.
Of course that’s not surprising after the former champion got shoved by a fan at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago, but a lot of Kyle Busch haters are probably getting a chuckle out of Busch’s statement. With that being said however, this is a very serious matter and could mean changes for how NASCAR drivers interact with fans in the future.
“For me, yeah,” Busch said after practice at Darlington Speedway. “I’m the No. 1 guy that needs security from anybody else here. I’ll admit it.” [A fan incident] happened to Denny at Martinsville, it happened to me at Bristol,” Busch said. “How far are people going to go … to get their name in the news? It’s pathetic.”
Whether fans want to admit it or not, Busch is 100% correct about needing protection, especially since he continues to be one of the most controversial drivers in NASCAR, and the sport is now going to have to make a choice between fans and drivers. With that being said, its obvious that driver safety is going to win out in this case, as it should, but what will it mean for fans?
Does it mean that fans will have limited access to drivers? What will it mean for autograph sessions. Lastly, will the actions of the fan at Bristol create a copy cat scenario where fans try to jump Busch? NASCAR needs to address these questions and questions concerning other drivers safety, but again at what cost to fans?
“Some of the initiatives that we have come up with that we tried to implement didn’t really take hold because you don’t have enough security personnel that are trained at every racetrack to be able to cover the protocol,” Busch said when asked about why there isn’t a standard protocal at every track concerning driver safety.
In the end, not even Kyle Busch deserves to feel unsafe during race weekend and NASCAR needs to do more to ensure his safety. Furthermore, they need to fix the problem that caused the Kyle Busch incident at Bristol, which was opening up the gate that separated fans from drivers without having an adequate amount of security.