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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: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:34 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Bravo Mike Helton & Robin Pemburton have at it boys right ,  Hornady pushes Kyle up the track brings out caution payback on caution isn't cool but is it the first time it happened NO!!!  I could see parking him for Nationwide MAYBE , but taking him out of the chase picture is beyond belief !!! Sorry Ron but you did push him up the track, I still cry when I see a picture of DALE SR ( I LOVED THE MAN) ...  Now I can watch football without flipping back to the race you have removed all reason for me to watch. He is pretty much the only one that races with a passion for winning- second to him sucks !!! Just like somebody else I watched yrs ago. AND NO I AM NOT COMPARING THE TWO -DALE was one of a kind . But you will have a vanilla race at Texas ,I guess you have to get Johnson back in it one way or another.

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:34 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

If you watch the video on,  MW states that they were going 130-140 when Hornaday hit the wall, yeah it was under caution but the yellow had just come out and they had not yet slowed down significantly when the incident occurred.   Kudo's to NASCAR for sitting his punk ass.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:31 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

KB says he's just racing to win but that Hornaday shouldn't race hard (for 2nd place at the time) early in the race.  Looks to me, on the initial contact, like Hornaday got there first and Busch pinned him.  KB was already ticked because Hornaday passed him for 2nd place so he tried run him into the back of the slower 17.  Busch saw he had a chance to wreck two cars so he did.  He just didn't think one of them would be his own.  He's a great talent, but not a great driver.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:27 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

i honestly can not believe a true racer or fan can even attempt to justify what kyle busch did last night.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:22 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

It was under caution and that is why he got parked... and you say that everyone else are a bunch of idiots... c'mon man

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:21 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Food For Thought Guys - take Kyle out of this and plug yourselves in, if you had been crashed 4 weeks in a row how would you have responded last night? It's kind of like the old days (40+) in grade school when the bad arse always gives you a beating after school sooner or later you either stopped going to school and you beat that guy with a board. What would you do?

Again what he did was way overboard and he got what he deserves by NASCAR but think about the question. I've been there in NASCAR Southwest Tour in 1990, wrecked three weeks in a row by the same driver, on the fourth I snapped and took care of business at Phoenix. I wasn't proud of it but a message needed to be sent. Maybe Kyle finally had enough last night a snapped and sent his message, maybe the Harvick gang will stop screwing with him, doubt it though.  

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:20 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

dogging him all evening? the race wasn't even 15 laps in! DID YOU WATCH THE RACE?


Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:20 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jetsfan, Kyle is just 57 points out of the lead. Johnson was 10the after 2 chase events and over 40 points out, he made up the difference and moved to second in 2 weeks, so no he is not out of the chase before this event, mathmatically he is very much in it. Now because NASCAR parked him is is more than likely out.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:13 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Ok fine, NASCAR has set a precidence that means the next time Harvick puts someone in the wall he has to be suspened. Harvick has intentionally put more people into the wall and in harms way than any other driver in NASCAR. Harvick allways puts up the bad azz persona saying he is going to kick someones azz and has yet to show any balls. Harvick is the biggest punk out there. I am willing to bet not one single poster on here even watched the truck race and are making these comments. Basically from my view Hornaday had it comming the way he was racing and he was dogging Kyle all evening, and more than likely on direct orders from Harvick.  BTW the buttwipe that said these trucks were going 150, they were under caution you dummy, they are not doing 150 under caution.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:10 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

This is long overdue, he has been reckless with a attitude that sucks. What he did last night could have seriously hurt Hornaday. If i was nascar i would have suspended him for the rest of the year. Stuff like this if the reason he cant and wont win a championship in Sprint Cup.

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