We all know that athletes and celebrities get special treatment in the world of legal matters. Let’s say — hypothetically — that Dustin Pedroia was walking around the streets of Boston hammered in the days before the World Series. That would qualify as public intoxication and would certainly be illegal, but what police officer is going to arrest the heart of the Red Sox before they begin a championship series?
One would think the situation is similar with stock car drivers, especially when dealing with speeding tickets. Kyle Busch can tell you it is not. From the Marbles pointed out to us on Tuesday that Busch has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, complete 30 hours of community service, and give up his license as a result of a speeding incident a few months back.
Busch will be able to keep his NASCAR license, so his racing schedule will not be affected. On one hand I’m surprised to see a NASCAR driver lose his license for speeding when it is probably an instinct more than anything (kidding kind of). On the other hand I realize you can’t drive 128 MPH in a 45 MPH zone and expect to just pay a fine. Traveling at that speed is dangerous no matter who you are — even if it still felt slow to Busch.