Don't mess with this Texan

NASCAR Wire Service Friday, Jun 08 1646

Native Texan David Starr believes former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch of Phoenix Racing got off lightly this week, when NASCAR suspended him for a verbal confrontation with a reporter after Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Dover. Busch, who drives for brother Kyle's first-year Nationwide team, will sit out Sunday's Cup race at Pocono International Raceway.

"Without the media, you don't really have a sport," said Starr, driver of the No. 81 Build Your Future/Zachry Toyota owned by Billy Ballew. "Yeah, there's reporters out there that ask pretty off-the-wall questions. I understand that. But man, they're just here to give the public a story. And without you guys (media) talking about us we wouldn't have those sponsors.

"Some of the stuff the Busch brothers (Kurt and Kyle) do, where I'm from (Houston), we kind of self-police that. We take care of itself. I think if a little bit of the people he's having these altercations with, if they were from where I was from, we'd handle it right then and there and I don't think you would have any more problems -- if you can understand what I'm saying. I was raised you got a problem with somebody, go ahead and handle it and let's move on. I don't know where he's from. Obviously nobody's taken care of it.

"It's a shame it needs to come to that. What a great competitor, and a good friend of mine. It's a shame he don't know how to keep his mouth shut, you know? And the problem is, he's going to run his mouth to the wrong people, wrong person -- and the consequences are going to be a lot worse than him just missing one race. Know what I'm saying?"