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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: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:24 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Kyle Busch and Harvick are the punks of the Cup, Nationwide and Truck series...wish one of the real men in the series would just whip both their asses for taking the spotlight off the series and on the. A good man died recently in Dan Wheldon and we are left with these punks in racing

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:19 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Anyone who disagrees with Nascar in this caes is clueless. We see drivers turn others around, we see them retaliate in all sorts of different ways. Busch was lucky he didn't kill Hornaday. If I was there in the pits I would have kicked his a$$ personally.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:18 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

IMO one weekend is not nearly enough for all the damage this clown has caused to other race teams through the years. And "punk" is not really what a guy is with a deadly weapon at hand. That's aggregated assault in most states. Should be prosecuted for assault-like NHL players. What would happen in the NFL if someone was smacked with a helmet? Gibbs is much too good of a team to employ this clown. Just proves how unstable Busch is, with no business going fender to fender at 200 mhp. Hopefully someone is going to clean his clock real soon. When Childress punched him it made me think of Nolan Ryan puttin the hurt on Robin Ventura, downright hilarious. Wasn't many weeks ago he was ticketed for reckless driving in a Toyota provided Lexus. What's up with this kid? Can anyone say "counseling" please? How about jail time if he hurts someone & doesn't quite kill them? What a moron. If brains was lard, he couldn't grease the pan.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:10 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I am not a Kyle fan... but no need to be racing that way at lap 17... he deserved what he got (33) and if you want suspend klye for rest of the truck races but leave other series out of it.  Shitty call NASCAR... DRIVING FANS AWAY>. But you dont care you guys make your millions anyway.....

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:49 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jetsfan  .... Try again ..... all Childress is taking over is the nationwide KHI:

WELCOME, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2011)—Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick Incorporated have reached agreement on a collaborative effort that will have KHI’s current NASCAR Nationwide Series program merge with RCR beginning in 2012.

Kernersville, NC -- NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is closing his KHI Program based in Kernersville that will result in a loss of some of the 140 employees who work at the Kernersville location.

WFMY News confirmed with sources at the operation in Kernersville that all operations will be shut down in November.

Harvick skipped a Wednesday trip to the White House to tell KHI employees about the decision.   On Friday morning, Harvick answered questions about his operations merger with Richard Childress Racing and the shutdown of his truck series teams. 

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:48 pm

NASCAR suspends "The Punk" Kyle Bush

Nascar finally........parks the PUNK!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:48 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I'm so done with NASCAR.  Mike Helton is a fat pig that doesn't know sh**.  Right decision or not I'm sick of the favortism shown in the series.  It's the only "sport" that doesn't have consistent rules.  I used to love NASCAR, but it has now become a weekly 3-4 hour commercial.  It's sad to see what it has become.  Bye, bye.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:40 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

BushMaster .... IF the spin of Terry LaBonte at Bristol skewed your image of Dale Sr. Then I guess your image of just about every winner of Bristol skews your image of them all. Its very seldom anyone wins at Bristol without spinning a few out. In that same race at Bristol Darrell Waltrip spun Terry LaBonte out.  So a comment about that spin out for Dale Sr. just made anything else you had to say a bunch of bull. Had you said something about Dale spinning out Bobby in Atlanta, well that would be a different story.

I am not a Busch fan, since Dale's death I have just been a race fan, other than pulling harder for my Texas buddies Terry and Bobby.

BushMaster, it does not take a real genius to see what has been going on, Harvick and Kyle have a history, Hornaday and Busch rarely if ever had any incidents previously, Harvick announces he is closing his truck race team, then wham all of a sudden for 5 straight races Hornaday and Busch are getting together.

Harvick knows if he kept up his constant dogging of Kyle Busch (jealousy does alot doesn't it) in the Cup series or any series, then he would end up getting suspended. So he has his "underlings" do the job for him, which would make Busch look like the bad guy. Harvick has proven repeatedly he is a punk, so none of this would be beneath him.  

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:38 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

It's a perfect fit in nascar. A turd of a driver in a turd of a brand nameplate that has no reason to be in the sport. To all you kyle and toyota fans out there - why be so foolish as to root for this kind of garbage? He has all the talent in the world but his brain is where he sits. Most of you don't remember, or probabaly weren't around, when Darrell Waltrip was doing this same stupid stuff on the track. I just hope he gets smart before someone really does whoop his butt. It won't be harvick though as he obviously isn't man enough.  

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:32 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Ya know what they say about payback. Harvick will take care of it.

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