Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was cited for going 128 mph

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was cited for going 128 mph on a 45 mph speed zone. The car he was driving was a Lexus LFA.

Busch, “aka – bad boy,” 26, has two other traffic citations on his record and is currently on probation by NASCAR because of a “little rough housing” with competitor Kevin Harvick at Southern 500 at Darlington (South Carolina) Raceway in May 7th of this year.

Busch issued an apology in a statement, saying, "I was test driving a new sports car and I got carried away. I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road."

The statement included Busch's pledge that "something like this will never happen again."

As far NASCAR, NASCAR does not require a highway driver’s license for its competitors and also does not involve itself in their highway driving affairs.

"This is a matter that Kyle will have to handle with the authorities in Iredell County," spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "Based on what we know right now, this would not impact his status as a NASCAR driver."

Busch was cited for another speeding violation — a much slower one, at 44 mph in a 35-mph zone — in Iredell County in 2008. Two years before that, he was fined $150 on a reckless driving charge in Richmond, Virginia.

Busch has won two races in the Sprint Cup Series this year and ranks 3rd in driver points. He has won nine other races in the Nationwide and Camping World series. He drives Toyotas for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Cup Series and also owns his own race team.

The NASCAR circuit is on home territory this week, with the Coca-Cola 600 scheduled Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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