News broke Saturday morning that Kyle Busch would be ‘parked’ for the remainder of the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, after the incident between Busch and Ron Hornaday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race last night.
Busch was accompanied by team owner, Joe Gibbs, and team president, J.D Gibbs. The meeting only lasted a few minutes in the NASCAR hauler. Busch was said to be described as leaving the hauler looking ‘angry’, as ESPN writer Terry Blount described on Twitter.
This isn’t the first time a driver has been parked for an entire weekend, as Kevin Harvick experienced the same thing in Martinsville back in 2002.
Denny Hamlin will drive for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Saturday, while Michael McDowell will make the start for Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“We understand the ramifications of the ripple effect of making this type of move, but we also take our responsibility very serious as to maintaining the control of the event,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton.
“It’s a balance there, where we have to ultimately make a decision, and at the end of the day we are the ones who have to make that decision and go on.”
**Update** Joe Gibbs Comments-
- “Sometimes in life you have to deal with real tough things. This is a real tough situation for us, and basically what we are trying to do is go through it the right way.”
- “I think when you own something, you are responsible. I take full responsibility for it.”
- “I met with Kyle at his motorhome this morning. I think it’s one of those personal conversations you have when a real tough situation like this comes up.”
- Asked about Sponsorship feedback- “We will be here the whole weekend trying to meet with everybody.”
- Thoughts on NASCAR- “They always do a great job to manage the sport and it has grown because of them and the way they handle it,” he 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.”
Summary of the on-track incident from Friday night:
Hornaday, who was tied for third in the point standings, raced underneath Busch on lap-13 heading into turn one. Hornaday moved slightly up the track to avoid a slower lapped truck, forcing him into Busch’s No. 18 truck.
Both drivers slid up the track and nudged the outside wall in turn two, to bring out the first caution of the night. An unhappy Busch set his sights on the No. 33 truck, immediately chasing down Hornaday and ultimately retaliating.
Busch turned the 50-year-old veteran directly into the outside wall going at an upwards of 120+ mph, sending himself sideways in the process.
“Obviously if you make it a three-wide situation, I can’t go up in the dirt,” said Busch in an interview with SPEED. “I’m already on the outside lane, there’s not three lanes out there, it’s the truck race. It’s the first race of the weekend.
“If I just lay over and give up everything for Hornaday, that’s not Kyle Busch’s fashion. I’m out here to win a race just as much as anybody else is. When he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up to the fence, I ended up losing my cool.”