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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.

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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Category: Auto Racing

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:24 pm

Hero to zero or how I lost my cool

NEW WORLD"S RECORD: >>>>1st to last in the chase in ONLY 8 races! That should sell some m&ms!

Can't say I've ever seen such a self destructive personality. Obvious from his eyes and babbling in the post race interview he was STONED out of his mind!

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:22 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I can't believe the comments I am reading defending Kyle Busch. First of all I do like Kyle as a driver. His passion, drive and skill I believe rank him in the top 2 drivers in NASCAR. Tony Stewart being number 1. It is his lack of substance between his ears that is seriously in question. I have seen Kyle do things with his car that reminded me of the late Dale Earnhardt, who is and always will be the best driver in history. Dale was my favorite, but I had the intelligence to say when he stepped across the line, like he did in 1999 at Bristol when he spun out Terry Labonte to win the race. And by the way, that was not even close to being as deliberate as what Kyle Busch did last nite. The worst thing about Kyle is he has never had the stones to admit he was wrong. Maybe he has to kill someone to get that message sent to that immature egomaniac brain of his. More often than not he starts something or does something stupid to try to get to the front to fast and spins or wrecks someone just so he can achieve his own agenda, which by the way is the only one that matters in that brain of his. The problem is with the size of his ego, he has no room in his head for patience, intelligence or compassion. He looks at life and racing as his little playing field, and he gets to make the rules. Case in point, he feels he reserves the right to drive on the street just as fast as he does on the track. And as far as his apologies. Please leave the notes and pre-written speaches supplied by Joe Gibbs Racing and your sponsors in your file marked "I really don't mean this". Honestly, I thought that Joe Gibbs had more class than this. If Gibbs does not release Kyle Busch for this, his latest antic in a long line of many, then winning is more important to Gibbs than integrity. Also, this one week suspension should not be the end of his punishment. It should included the rest of the year and maybe even beyond. You maybe thinking that I am coming down a little hard on Kyle and placing to much blame on him. The fact is I do blame him mostly, because most of the other drivers seem to be able to race properly. However, I place much of the blame on NASCAR. This kind of stuff has been going on way too much for way too long. Seems like Mike Helton just now decided to take matters into his own hands after years of letting this payback crap go on and on and on and on. I have news for you people. NASCAR is full of a bunch of whinning crying babies. Oh what I would give to see Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Juan Montoya, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers race back in the late 70's and  80's against the likes of Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Cale Yarbourough, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Budd Baker, Gant, Bobbby Allison, Tim Richmond, Benny Parsons, Neil Bonnett and Bill Elliott. It would have been nice to see all the crying babies of today run to their mommies. Again, I did like Kyle, but now he has dug his own grave with this one. Any punishment he gets I am sure will not be enough. All criticism on my words is welcome. The only thing I ask is that it does contains at least some intelligence.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:16 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Bush League for Busch - Another reason to dislike this "sport".

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:11 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

I will guarantee you that NASCAR will investigate whether Harvick played a part in the incidents that led up to Kyle deciding it was time to act.  They have no choice.  The truth about it all will come out, might not be this year but eventually someone in Harvicks ranks will come out with the truth.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:02 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend


He was done for this year anyways (and like all other years)! Jimmie came back and won under the old points system! Kyle does what he always does when the chase starts, he fades away!

What a loser!    

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:02 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jetsfan, just 4 weeks ago Johnson was 48 points out and in 10th place in the standings. 2 weeks later he was 2nd in the standings.  So ask again how quick someone can move up in the standings from being the same points out.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:59 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

When I said he was dogging him all race long I am refering to the previous races, last 4 or 5 races Harnaday has been doing Kyle big time, you only take being treated like crap so long then you take care of business. Those trucks were slowing down comming out of a turn after both trucks hit the wall, the caution flag was out and those trucks were not going anywhere close to 150 at the time Hornady went into the wall, he might have been doing 90 to 110. This all goes back to Harvick and I am willing to bet that harvick had Hornaday under orders to be dogging Kyle they way he has been for 4 to 5 races straight.  Harvick is a punk and would do this. Just as when Mayfield was getting kicked out of NASCAR for the meth use and all you folks were backing Mayfield up and i told you then there was NO WAY Mayfield could have 3 false positives, that Matfield was a meth user, well guess what, just this last week you were all proven wrong. The facts about what Harvick has to play in all this will come out eventually and it will be exactly as i said. Its not a coincidence that Hornaday and a Harvick owned truck have been in incidents with Kyle for 5 straight weeks now.  So tell me how many times did the school bully take your lunch money before you fought back?

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:59 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

jl, you are thinking about it all wrong. You honestly think all 6 of those ahead of him would all have bad days in the next couple weeks? Fat chance. That means you think JJ has a chance. If you compare it to the old system, JJ is well over a 100 hundred points out, a deficit that has never been made up in the final 3 races during the chase. Shrub is out, no matter how much you may want to think he, or anyone else that far out, has. Yes, he is not mathematically out; no one is, not even Newman at 89 points out. But you are a fool if you think that much ground can be made up.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:49 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend


Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:44 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Hillbillies. NASCAR used to be good. RIP, Dale.

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