Driving 128 mph in a 45-mph zone is absurd. Driving 83 mph above the speed limit is tough to fathom. But NASCAR star Kyle Busch did that Tuesday in a Lexus sports car he test drove.
My colleague and friend Scott Fowler wrote a strong piece in today's Observer in which he advocates that Busch's boss, Joe Gibbs, suspend the driver.
Would your boss suspend you for a blantant road violation? I don't know if mine would, and I prefer not to find out.
I understand Scott's logic. Yet as foolish as Busch was, I contend the act doesn't merit a suspension.
Just as church and state are theoretically separated, so is what an employee does at work and away from it.
Busch has a apologized, and that's just a warm-up.
Gibbs and NASCAR should demand that Busch be, or at least pretend to be, contrite. They should demand that he take an active role in convincing lesser drivers to joyride at lesser speeds. They should demand that he donate time and money to a speeding awareness campaign, or an organization that works with victims of speeding.
Beyond that, let the law determine his punishment.
And in the meantime, let him drive his race car on the track.