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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 20, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:28 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

so policeman just die
firefighters just die
children with cancer just die

look i love our service men and women...but grow the f**k up

Policemen and Firefighters die in the line of duty saving other people's lives.  Race car drivers die trying to get rich.  There's a huge difference, you r3tard.

Please.. do the world a favorite and make what you would call the "ultimate sacrifice" of yourself. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:38 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Still think your math skills are up to par jl? Told you, JJ has no chance, especially when your competition is finishing 1-2. Lost 2 points today. I think your mind is stuck in the old points system where 50 points is just 10-20 positiions.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 3:41 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

What, NO "double secret" probation? Or maybe he was already on that.

But, seriously, this "boys will be boys" mentality by nascar is going to get someone seriously hurt, or killed. So, it`s a good thing to put the car in the garage. And sponsors will get alittle upset with their employee for not getting the advertising they are paying for. Maybe this will wake up drivers, and they`ll realize that if someone drives wreckless, they just need to shrug it off and drive within the rules. And let the nascar officals handle the situation.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:30 pm

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

ok enough is enough let it rest so i can in joy the race honiday is ok, we'll all see how good he is when he races at homestead, kyle is out out for this weekend, that should be enough, like kyle is the only driver who has ever done any thing wrong ,remember honiday started one is talking about that!!!!!! you going to push kyle you get pushed back, and  mike  him  race next weekend  in  his 18 car thank you sheila

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:39 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Hornaday pissed off Busch with his swirving on the track and blocking putting the boy up into the wall, so fair is fair.  Hornaday is a butt-puppet and deserved what he got.  So is Busch and I salute the idea of not taking any crap from others in life.  Boorahh!!!

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:30 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Jltesas...This stuff you are claiming about Harvick being behind everything is your own personal opinion and own personsal conspiracy theory. I admit I don't follow all the truck races, but I do watch a few of them. You must not follow the cup races since you were pulling out your own random numbers about Johnson earlier. I have a huge feeling that you will be wrong in your conspiracy claim. Out of all the people on this board, I have heard maybe one other person agree with you about it and agree with you that this past Friday's racing incident was all Harvick's fault instead of Busch's. You shouldn't let your extreme biasis cloud your judgement. For the incidents, Has Kyle caused any of them himself? I know Kyle has a long history of going out and wrecking different drivers. Why do you think Rick Hendrick let Busch go from his #5 Kellogs ride and replaced him with Mark Martin? He knew that Busch was an extremely talented driver, but his baggage was too much for his talents. He also had a huge record of inner team conflict such as him and Johnson and Gordon while in the same team, and with Hamlin racing for Gibbs.

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:54 am

Kyle's a great driver but enough!

Kyle's a world-class driver, Hornaday is a truck driver who can't run with the big boys in Sprint - Hornaday's a punk, period.  I understand Kyle's frustration of being bullied up the track by Hornaday, has Hornaday races that way, always has.  But this inicident was Hornaday getting loose trying to avoid a lapped truck - had Hornaday backed off and gotten in behind Kyle (rather than try to squeeze in), he and Kyle wouldn't have ended up the track together - Kyle had nohwere to go.

But...........absolutely no excuse for Kyle to follow a guy, at that speed, during a caution and take him out - regardless who it is.

Kyle should be parked for the entire season, all 3 series and put on probation next season - this goes way beyond.    

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:52 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

-- WTF? "The ultimate sacrifice"??. They died driving a race car. When someone dies in a car accident, do you say they made "The ultimate sacrifice"? Soldiers who die in combat defending their country make "the ultimate sacrifice", not athletes. Everyone else just dies.

so policeman just die
firefighters just die
children with cancer just die

look i love our service men and women...but grow the f**k up

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:48 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

kevin harvick isnt whipping anyones ass....he is a huge bitch himself....he loves crying foul whenever anyone crosses him than chalks it up as a racing deal when hes in the wrong....i for one would love to see harvick tell epic beard man he was gonna whip i could watch a 68 year old dude beat the holy hell out of him.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:42 am

NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for Texas weekend

Thank you for that comment sir.  As a veteran I appreciate that.

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