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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 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:01 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

And jl, you would have to have a few more loose screws if you think Hornaday is not going to get into a truck for RCR along with Ty Dillon. It's not like Hornaday is leaving the series.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:53 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

hahahahahahahahaha! Asscar! hahahahahahahahahahaha! Asscar! Love it!

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:45 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

They need to park his ass for the rest of the season, and maybe the beginning of next. That was rediculous, someone couldve got hurt. Ron was in position for a championship, and it was all ruined. If that was Busch that got wrecked it wouldve been a huge deal. He can dish it out but he cant take it. They didnt have this kind of racing in the old days, drivers got out and beat the sh*t outta each other right there on the track. NASCAR is such a joke now.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:40 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Great decision. Have at it boys is fun to watch and the disputes and fueds make the racing more interesting, but there has to be a line where safety of ALL is the first and only thought. The last two weeks Indycar and MotoGP have had driver make the ultimate sacrifice within the playing boundaries. Accidents that happen in the course of the event. NASCAR has the luxury of the closed fenders to allow a lot more contact and tap, bumping and rubbing, but the intentional dumping of guys head long into the wall has to be stopped before they have a names to add to the tragic list I mentioned. So I salute their decision and hope they will work on consistancy, because this is not really the first time this has happened. It may be one of the more obvious times but it is not the first. Again, whatever they can do to safely entertain us, go for it!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:10 pm

Money talks ~~ Drug rehab walks

Seems pretty obvious the punk 18 has a severe psychiatric problem and tries to work it out in 2-ton cars @ 200mph. But he has Asscar hostage to failing attendance and deep sponsorship problems so they foster and encourage the punk 18's on-track homicial mania.

If Gibbs is the "man" and true coach he claims to be on a stack of Bibles, he will send the punk to rehab or take away his cars that are going to kill or seriuously hurt a fan, a crew member, a track worker, or others.    Helton and Asscar are equally culpable in a quite predictable threat to anyone at an event where the punk is allowed to "drive".

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:49 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I dont mind the parking, he should be,  what he did was on purpose and in my opinion for no reason was bad. But how come last year Edwards did the same thing to Brad K and it was a "have at it boys" thing. NASCAR quit picking you good ole boys and treat on drivers the same

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:41 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Are you and I watching the same video?  What exactly was Hornaday supposed to do with the slower truck came onto the track?  Hornaday didn't make it three wide, the other guy did.  This is a perfect example of Busch not even seeing what really happened but assuming that since he's the center of the universe it must be that someone was out to get him.  NASCAR made a good call and could have gone farther than one weekend.  Gibbs needs to tell Kyle Busch to find a new team.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:30 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

jltexas if you think I am trying to skew Dale's image you need to take a step back. Look he knocked Terry out of the way to win the race. It is that simple. If someone would have done it to Dale it would have been wrong as well. If the deed is wrong, it is wrong no matter who does it. Dale did things in a racecar no one and I mean no one will ever do again. He was the best. What else do you want from me? If you have to wreck someone to win, the way I see it, it was wrong. All I was doing was pointing out that I am not partial when it comes to something being wrong. It is wrong no matter who does it. Kyle always lets his immaturity and bad temper get the best of him and he admits to it as if there is nothing wrong with it.

As far as your comment about it doesn't take a genius to see what is going on. Apparently it does. This is not about Kyle's feud with Harvick and if you think that is what this is about you haven't been watching. Kyle has had run ins with Keselowski, Biffle, Hamlin, Stewart, Newman, Johnson and others. Don't get me wrong not that I am defending Johnson or Biffle or Hamlin for that matter. It doesn't matter to Kyle who it is. So Hornaday ran him up the track because he got loose. On a weekly basis Kyle will do that several times a race. No it does not always result in someone in the wall, but even if it did Kyle believes he has the right to do so soley on the basis that he is Kyle Busch. I will give him credit he had been doing much better, but you can flush all that down the crapper. Why you ask? Because after his post race stupidity he said what he wanted when intervued. He believed he had ever right to do what he did and no one, not ever NASCAR or Joe Gibbs reserves the right to question his decision making process.

And finally there mr. jltexas. I could care less what Harvick does to Busch. Kyle is still responsible for his own actions. Everytime he wrecks someone he always starts out with "well he started it, I just paid him back and added something extra because you don't do that to Kyle Busch.

Still don't get how you think my image of Dale is skewed. LOL

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:30 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Should not only park the driver, should park the cars as well. I realize that this hits the sponsor as well as the team as a whole, but taking a hard line on this type of offense will get the attention of the drivers that enough is enough. The down side to this is the impact on the sponsors when sponsorship is such a concern. With that in mind, I don't have too much of a problem with the punishment as it stands. Just get the word out that paring the cars will be the next step for like offenses in the future.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:27 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

speedy1961-The car was not suspended so another driver can get the points. Which did not penalize Gibbs nearly as severe as it could. This kid needs help being an adult behind the wheel of a car. Regardless of circumstances, this is not a severe enough move...yet. Hopefully no one gets killed to come to this conclusion. Could be him as easy as anyone else.

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