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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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Category: Auto Racing

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:42 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

This is hardly an isolated incident with Kyle and is the reason Hendricks let him go. I can also see Gibbs being through with this child before the end of the season as he tries to save his sponsors. He should be parked for an entire season.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:37 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Bitch Busch needs an ass whipping along with this AH who made the stupid comment to compare this DH with SR. This is a petty move by NASCAR to punish this SOB.  NASCAR needs to remove him completly from racing for a year with a million dollar fine to show that this will not be tolerated. And you, WVBeachBum; you need your dumb ass kicked for even thinking there is a comparison between this punk ass bitch CSer Busch and the late great Dale Sr. Your a dumb SOB to think it

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:55 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Kyle Busch needs to be suspended for the remainder of the season and the entire incident needs to be turned over to the local PD for possible criminal charges.....130 mph into a wall head on.......totally uncalled for.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:54 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Anyone that compares Kyle Busch to Dale Sr. should be taken out back and shot.  Sure, Dale "moved" people out of his way while going for the win, but he would have never have done anything remotely close to what Busch did.  He could have killed Hornaday.  There is no excuse for what he did in the truck race and that kind of racing, revenge racing, has no place on the track.  Sr. would have just waited for the guy after the race and told him what he thought of him.  NASCAR needs to hand out a more severe punishment that just a weekend suspension, and Gibbs needs to re-think what kind of drivers he wants racing for him.  

Fans pay good money to watch good, hard racing each weekend, not the kind of racing Kyle Busch does.  I mean think about it, if that were to happen on any highway in America, the aggressor would be charged with road rage and arrested, and maybe even charged with assault with a motor vehicle.  Any way you look at it, he was just plain wrong and is a sorry excuse of a human being.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:38 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Difference between NASCAR now and NASCAR then. In the past that may have happened but the person that did it knew once he got on pit road he had better be ready. Which is why NASCAR now sucks and NASCAR then was so much better. NASCAR needs to back off and let the competitors handle the situations themselves. I mean how much more of a storyline would it be going into Saturday and Sunday? Keep it up Busch. You are the only real throw back to days of old left on the track. The only one that wants to win or finish last trying to win. Everyone else on the track is ok driving around and finishing 5th or 10th. Get so sick of hearing how good of a day a driver who finished 10th had.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:24 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Foot in mouth  Please....Harvick is just as much a whiney little punkass himself as Busch is.  He and that biatch of a wife of his.  I say put Hornaday, Busch, Harvick and his old lady in a caged ring and light in on fire.  Won't miss any of them!


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:23 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Dont even compare that shit excuse for a human being to Sr. That punk ass constantly whines like a bitch and does stupid shit like this. This is the kind of action that is gonna get a driver killed.  Anyone thats a fan of that retard probably is in the same boat IQ wise. I seriously hope Hornaday pays that moron a visit to his house on Monday and beat his ass down, he needs to miss the rest of the year anyways.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:14 pm
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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:05 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I bet an huge anti-Kyle e-mail compaign to all his sponsors, asking how they can support such actions, would tone him down in a hurry.  As always, money is the only thing that people understand, and if sponsors threaten withholding theirs if he does any more crap, I'm betting he suddenly finds patience and understanding.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:55 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jltexas, you are an ignorant moron. You claim Hornaday had team orders to give Busch a hard time but why would he spoil his championship hopes on someone who isn't a factor in the truck series. Heck he wasn't a factor in the Chase anymore either. You claim Jimmie went up from 40 or more points in this chase? Right now is the only time Jimmie has been more than 40 points behind. He was 50 last week and is 43 this week. When he was in 10th he was only 29 points back and and he moved up to 4 points behind in 2 races. not 40 to 2 points. I don't know where you pull your information from but you may want to start checking your sources. All you have to do is look on to see that you are full of it. Kyle was eliminated fronm the chase already and he would have been lucky to finish in the top 3. At least now he can finish in the back like all of his other chase appearances now

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