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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

AUDIO: NASCAR PRESIDENT MIKE HELTON ANNOUNCES KYLE BUSCH SUSPENSION

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.

Also see: Kyle Busch issues letter of apology
 
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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Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:10 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

He's the biggest whining little piece of (expletive deleted) I've ever seen in my whole life.
Right on the money!  What a sissy boy! 



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:42 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Kyle Busch is nothing more than a Dale Sr. You all have your heads up Sr's ass so far, you can't see it. Like Sr. walked on water. WTF, you bunch of Douche Bags!



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:29 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

The last two weeks Indycar and MotoGP have had driver make the ultimate sacrifice within the playing boundaries. -----------------------------------

--- WTF? "The ultimate sacrifice"??. They died driving a race car. When someone dies in a car accident, do you say they made "The ultimate sacrifice"? Soldiers who die in combat defending their country make "the ultimate sacrifice", not athletes. Everyone else just dies.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:22 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Mostly unrelated, but this is yet another reason why they need to have three separate series, with drivers participating in ONE series, not two or three. Joe Gibbs gets screwed over by something that happened in someone else's truck in an entirely different series. Trucks and Nationwide are basically AA and AAA leagues for Sprint - have definite lines between the series. You wouldn't see a baseball player competing in MLB and AAA ball at the same time.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:17 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I want to know why no one else has had to go through anger management classes like Stewart did a few years back. If he had done that to someone like Tony I believe he would have got an ass kicking. Heck if he had done that to Danica she would have beat his ass. ------------------------ There's a difference.. Tony Stewart is an ill tempered SOB. Kyle Busch is a whiny little b!itch with sand in his v@gina. Beating up Kyle Busch would be like beating up a retarded kid - you'd feel ashamed afterwards and he wouldn't learn anything from it.



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:15 am
 

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Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:04 am
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Well another way to be called busch league.  Every time i see road rage from now on...I will just call it Busch league. 



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:05 pm
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Stoney29 ... Lets see Hornaday and Busch have raced in 150+ races before the last 7, with only 2 incidents (meaning any significant contact on the track) before the last 7 races. In the last 7 races the 2 have had over 10 incidents. I find it extremely odd that these incidents started being weekly incidents imediately after Harvick announced his truck team was closing shop.  The last 5 weeks Hornaday has seemly went out of his way to make sure there was contact. Of course I understand those of you, like yourself that never watch truck races would not see what has been going on. It might not be this year or even next but I guarantee you that eventually it will come out that Harvick was behind all this, he will cross the wrong person and they will snitch him out.  Wouldn't surprise me to see one of the 150 people that are losing thier jobs thanks to Harvick come out with the proof.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:55 pm
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I want to know why no one else has had to go through anger management classes like Stewart did a few years back. If he had done that to someone like Tony I believe he would have got an ass kicking. Heck if he had done that to Danica she would have beat his ass.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:44 pm
 

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I agree. this needs to be looked at as a criminal act to cause bodily harm to another person along with baligerent assault.


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