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NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: November 5, 2011 10:45 pm
By Pete Pistone


NASCAR has suspended Kyle Busch for both Saturday's Nationwide Series race and Sunday's AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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The decision came in the aftermath of Busch's incident with Ron Hornaday in Friday night's truck series race when he intentionally wrecked the Kevin Harvick Inc. driver under caution as a response to earlier contact on the track between the two.

NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the ruling to the media Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway.

“The responsibility that over the past two or three seasons we’ve given back to the drivers came with a very clear understanding that there could be a line that got crossed,” Helton said. “And as annoying as the comments that I’ve made personally in the past about, ‘We’ll know it when we see it’ might have been, we saw it last night.”

NASCAR has not parked a driver for a Sprint Cup race in the aftermath of an incident in another division since Robby Gordon was parked for a 2007 event at Pocono for actions in the previous day's Montreal Nationwide Series race.

Denny Hamlin will drive Busch's Nationwide car in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Michael McDowell takes the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Team owner Joe Gibbs also met with the media and said the decision by the anctioning body was the right one but a difficult situation for his racing organization.

"We met this morning with NASCAR and they explained their situaton and decision, and after that sometimes in life you have to deal with real tough things," Gibbs said. "This was a tough situation for us.

"I met with Kyle in his motorhome this morning, I think it was one of those personal conversations you have when a real tough situation like this comes up."

Gibbs commended NASCAR for taking the action they did despite how it impacted his team and driver.

"They always do a great job to manage the sport and it has grown because of them and the way they handle it," Gibbs said. "I have great faith in the decisions they make. We've been a part of this for a long time and love it, love being a part of it and love the sport. I think this sport is where it is because of NASCAR and the way they handle things.

"This was a tough one for us. Sometimes life gives you tough things and you don't like it, but we're certainly going to try and work our way through this one and do the right thing and handle it the right way."

Busch explained his thought process after what took place between he and Hornaday on Friday night.

“My truck was hurt," Busch said after the incident. "I brushed the wall. My truck was hurt where I don’t think we could have won after that. If you’re a guy racing for a  championship you need to be smart enough to understand that you can’t go three wide on lap 15 and knowing how bad the trucks are when you’re on the inside of somebody and not expect to get loose. Yeah, it was my fault after the fact, but who is going to fix my truck after it wrecked in turn 2 the first time?’’

Hornaday, who had his hopes for a fifth truck series title erased in the crash the knocked both drivers out on lap fifteen, vowed to tak ematters into his own hands had NASCAR not acted to his liking as did his team owner and Friday night's truck race winner Kevin Harvick.

"Kyle Busch is going to get his ass whipped shortly, I hope,'' Harvick said. "He better sit his ass in his motorhome or I'm going to come find him and he's going to have to hold my watch because I'm going to whip his ass. He's the biggest whining little piece of (expletive deleted) I've ever seen in my whole life.''

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Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:08 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Great...He really should get more...I'm not a Hornaday fan .....I just like good hard racing...Ron could have got seriously hurt hitting that wall head on last night.
Also I think that Sprint Cup drivers needs to stay out of the truck racing series......Racing in the nationwide races is OK by me.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:07 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

wesman, sportsnut101, Jetsfan10, you all make a valid and correct point.  I didn't realize he was 57 points behind.  You're all correct, it likely would've made a greater impact next year.  Either way, I'm pleased with NASCAR's decision.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:01 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

That doesn't make sense.  It matters most right now, in the Chase.

No it doesn't. He has 0 chance at the title right now. Now if he was top 2 or 3 and a dozen or so points out of first, you'd have a point, but he's well over a race out and he's got 6 drivers between him and first. It'd matter a lot more if he was in a hole to start next season.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:00 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend


You look foolish standing for the POS that is Kyle Busch-he already got his win for the weekend, if only for his conscience, when Hornaday survived and he got suspended for only the weekend.

This boy needs to be reminded that there are lives at risk every time he and other drivers strap themselves into their vehicles. You let some of his colleagues have at him in a room, ten minutes each, for a little of the old one-on-one, let's see how brave he'd be then. NASCAR would be better off if the Busches, douchenozzles extraordinaire. Sure, there's plenty of ego to go round-that plays rather a large role in being successful in any endeavour-but the twit Kyle Busch went well beyond the bounds of what's reasonable to normal human beings.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:57 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Thumbs up Nascar. Common sense decision.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:42 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

 It matters most right now, in the Chase

No it doesn't! He wouldn't stand a chance anyways as he is and has been finished for the year! Like usual Kyle Busch fades when the chase starts!

What a loser!     

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:39 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

They should of parked Kyle Busch a long time ago! He is the biggest piece of **** nascar has ever seen! This attitude is the biggest reason he will never win a sprint cup title! He is a loser!

I hope Harvick finds him and whips his rear! I would love it!

What a waste of space!     

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:38 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I am a Busch fan and this is in no way overkill. You realize the race went to caution when he put Horniday in the wall. They were probably going around 150 mph when Busch put him in the wall nose first. Luckily Horniday wasn't injured. I think Busch should be suspended for the rest of the season. There are racing incidents and then there are reckless abandon for another drivers safety which is the line Busch crossed.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:35 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Big KB fan but he went way over the line last night and I was hoping that NASCAR would do what they did. There's a big diff in "Boys Have At It" and hooking a driver to cause max damage. Horn could have really got hurt and there is no place for that stuff in NASCAR. Leaning, Rubbing, Moving a car - OK - Hooking a driver/car to cause a header - no place.

Hopefully Kyle will sit and grow up a bit this weekend instead of taking the attitude the world is against him. He did it, he needs to serve it! Great Job NASCAR! 

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:32 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Wesman, you call this "overkill"?  Really?? You need to review the circumstances of this act by Busch league once again.  About time!!  WAY TO GO NASCAR!!

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