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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: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:52 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I can't stand Hornaday glad he wrecked him. I can't stand Kyle Bush, glad they punished him, should be for the rest of the year. As far as Kyle being compared to Dale Sr., seriously? Someone needs to crack Bush in the head, Hornaday should have done it last night. Still I love NASCAR, makes me proud to be redneck!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:43 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Thisis no more than a slap on the wrist for Kyle. Ron has no chance of winning a championship because of this punk. Punish Kyle by sitting him the first 5 races of 2012 and probation for the remainder of the year. Joe Gibbs runs a classy operation, and it's too bad they have one driver mar it.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:42 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Good for Kevin Harvick... LMFAO!!!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:33 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Once a no-class jerk always a no-class jerk.  What a thug!  Too bad they didn't sit him for the rest of the season!

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:26 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

listen i couldnt read anything after close TO DALE  wtf are you thinking   i believe dale sr could drive

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:22 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

This guy is a punk that needs to be booted from NASCAR for life. It would be doing him a favor because somebody is going to kill him one of these days.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:04 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

First, I'm a Kyle Busch fan. He's the closest thing we have to Dale Sr. in the sport. He's aggressive and brash, he drives his car like he stole it and winning is the only thing. However, I do praise NASCAR for their decision. But it's the wrong decision. NASCAR shouldn't punish Joe Gibbs for a driver's actions. I think the fair outcome would be park Kyle's trucks for the rest of the year (1 race). Then dock his owners points for the start of next year say 50 owners and drivers points and park the truck for say 3 races next year on top of it. Hurt Kyle's chances and whomever gets in the truck to race it. Race owners aren't to blame for a driver's bad choices on the track. Should Richard Childress get punished for Kevin Harvick's stupidity ? If Harvick pops Kyle after the race, like he said to the media, Childress would not have him in the car. Three different divisions in NASCAR racing are exactly that......3 divisions. Each should be ran accordingly. Kyle screwed up big time but NASCAR goofed but screwing Joe Gibbs with Michael McDowell in the M&M's car. A lock for 30th place or worse. Sorry Michael, but you really do suck. Here's your chance to be in a winning race car and prove your worth to everyone.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:03 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Would just like to 2nd the thoughts that: 1) Busch deserved to be parked for the rest of the weekend, and 2) NASCAR needs to pass-out penalties with more consistency.  I've seen guys take their rides to the garage, get repares, then return to the track and do the same thing, without getting more than a slap on the wrist.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:22 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Oh but then again I realize being a Jets fan you have to be able to have a great imagination about winning anything sooo goes to figure your imaginaztion would run wild on everything. Guess next we will hear about all the Playmates and movie stars you date.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:19 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jetsfan ..... yes I see where Hornaday has signed to drive for childress next year, oh wait a minute that has not happened yet. In fact Hornaday has been reported to have talked to several teams, none of them named childress, but has yet to get a ride.  I guess you got that information from the same place that said Childress was taking over KHI truck series huh. Love your fabrications.  Its just too bad none of the press releases say what you do.

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