Kyle Busch Parked for Texas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 5, 2011 | 10:20 A.M. EST
"I retaliated. It's certainly my fault for doing that." (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR suspended Kyle Busch for the remainder of the Texas Motor Speedway weekend in the wake of his incident with Ron Hornaday in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race.
NASCAR president Mike Helton made the announcement Saturday morning at TMS.
"Albeit very rare, we do have incidents that have carried over to the balance of the weekend like this one has," Helton said of the decision to park Busch for the weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races for his actions on Friday night.
The ruling was the most severe by the sanctioning body since the “Boys Have at It” era began nearly two years ago.
“The responsibility that over the past two or three seasons we’ve given back to the drivers came, I think, with a very clear understanding that there could be a line that got crossed,’’ Helton said.
“We'll know it when we see it. We saw it last night.”
Michael McDowell will pilot Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing M&M’s Toyota in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race while Denny Hamlin takes the wheel in his Nationwide Series ride for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
Busch defended his actions in Friday night’s truck race when he was racing with Hornaday and what happened under caution after they made contact.
"It’s two guys racing for tight real estate and there’s only two lanes of race track out there right now. I’m racing for a win just as much as Ron Hornaday,” Busch said. “He wants to make it three-wide with a lapped car and knowing you always get loose when you’re on the inside.
“I retaliated. It’s certainly my fault for doing that. For everybody who wants to say that Hornaday is racing for a championship, just roll over. That’s not my fashion.”
Hornaday and his team owner were furious following the accident, which effectively ended the veteran driver’s quest for a fifth truck series championship.
“If NASCAR doesn't do it, I'm going to buy Tommy Baldwin's ride and that guy will never finish another race,” Hornaday said. “That's a promise. … This was a yellow flag, turned when you're not prepared and your heart is not pumping and all that stuff and then you get turned directly in the fence. So let's have at it? He lives too close to me. So we'll see what NASCAR does. If they don't handle it right, I'll be at his house Monday morning."