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The long arm of the law.....

  Not a good Tuesday for Kyle Busch. (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

   By Mike Mulhern


    Kyle Busch is a fast racer, yes, and sometimes he may seem almost unstoppable. But Tuesday he got a little "carried away" out on the public highway, and he was busted by the Iredell County Sheriff's department for running 128 mph, in a 45 mph zone near Troutman, N.C.

   "Today I received a traffic citation in Iredell County," Busch confirmed. "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.
    "I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgment. I take responsibility for my actions, and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again.
    "I thank the Iredell County Sheriff's Department and all law enforcement for the hard work they do every day to protect the public and to enforce the laws in a fair and equitable manner."
    Depending on how the case works out, Busch could lose his driver's license. But NASCAR racers don't need a state driver's license to race, only a NASCAR license.
    That's not the only bust announced Tuesday.
    A Richard Childress crewman, Gary Frost, who worked on Jeff Burton's Sprint Cup team, was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. Officials offered no more specifics.
    Childress himself announced Frost was immediately fired: "Richard Childress Racing has zero tolerance when an employee fails a NASCAR drug test due to an illegal substance. As a result, that person's employment is terminated. It is important for our fans and our partners to know illegal drug use at RCR is simply not tolerated."

    NASCAR also announced penalties on two Truck teams for violations last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the teams that Ron Hornaday and Austin Dillon drive for.
    The Hornaday team's crew chief, Jeff Hensley, was fined $10,000, and owner DeLana Harvick and Hornaday were each penalized 25 championship points. The infraction was for using an unapproved final drive rear-end gear ratio. which was discovered in post-race inspection. Hornaday finished fifth in the race; the points penalty essentially drops him back to 29th.
    The Dillon team's crew chief, Gary Stockman, was fined $1,000. The infraction was for using a shifter lever which was not metal; the infraction was discovered the day before the race.
    Kevin Harvick, co-owner of the Hornaday team, called it "an unfortunate situation." But Harvick said he "respects NASCAR's decision/"
    Harvick explained the situation this way: "We receive the gears from an outside supplier, which we trust and expect to be accurate according to the NASCAR rule book."
   The supplier is G-Force South. Harvick said "It was not an intentional infraction by G-Force South, and we are working to prevent any future incidents.:
    Roger Chilton, president of the supplying company, called it "a human error.
    "We have made immediate steps to remedy this to ensure it won't happen again."

 F1's Kimi Raikkonen, after a successful NASCAR debut in Friday's Truck 200 at Charlotte, is now testing a Cup car at VIR, for what could be a Cup debut at Sonoma, Calif., or Watkins Glen, N.Y., later this season. (Photo: Toyota Motorsports)

If I'm ever fortunate enough

If I'm ever fortunate enough to get to sit down in a street car that will do 204 mph at the top end, you can best believe that I'm going to see what it'll do too. Kyle could have picked a more rural road or tried an uncrowded section of interstate to go that fast on, but it's not as big a deal as it's being made out to be. At that speed, in that car, and with his driving ability, he was not "out of control". The danger resides only to somebody pulling out in front of him while assuming he's running the speed limit. The car Busch was driving goes from 60-0 in 94 feet, so if you double that for the speed he was running he could have been stopped in less than 200 feet. It takes a 2011 F-150 4x4 133 feet to stop running 60mph.
Had this been Earnhardt Jr. or another fan favorite, an incident such as this would have been chalked up to "he's a racer" or "it's in his genes to go fast". Either way, it's not that big of a deal.


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