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Busch Issues Letter of Apology

In response to being parked by NASCAR for the duration of the Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR race weekend after intentionally wrecking championship contender Ron Hornaday during a caution that came out on lap 15 of the WinStar World Casino 350K Camping World Truck Series race at the track on Friday night, Kyle Busch issued a letter via press release from Kyle Busch Motorsports to “his fans, sponsors, teammates, competitors and fellow members of the racing community.”

Here is the letter:

To all,

I've had a lot of time today to sit and reflect, and try to put my thoughts into words as best I can.

I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night's Truck Series race at Texas.

I apologize to my fans, all my sponsors, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports.

After talking with my team, it's great to have their support and encouragement to assure me that there are better days ahead. Even though this took place while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, I am sorry for how difficult this has been for everyone associated with Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series teams.

I'd also like to apologize to Ron Hornaday Jr., and everyone associated with the No. 33 team in the Truck Series.

I understand why I was taken out of the car for the rest of the weekend. NASCAR officials had to act, and I accept their punishment and take full responsibility for my actions.

As a racecar driver, the hardest thing to do is to sit on the sidelines listening to cars on the track when you know you should be out there competing. For this, I have no one to blame but myself.

Through a lot of support from the people around me, I feel like I've made a lot of strides this year, but this was certainly a step backward. Moving forward, I will do everything I possibly can to represent everyone involved in a positive manner. However, I know my long-term actions will have more of a bearing than anything I say right now.


Kyle Busch

Busch and Hornaday were racing for second position while trying to get around a lap truck in the early going of Friday’s truck race. The two made slight contact that resulted in both drivers scubbing the wall on lap 13, bringing out the caution.

Under that caution, Busch made intentional contact with Hornaday that sent Hornaday hard into the retaining wall. Hornaday headed into the Texas race, 15 points out of the championship lead. The incident with Busch took him out of championship contention with only one Truck Series race remaining.

NASCAR parked Busch for the remainder of the truck race and then announced on Saturday morning that he would not be allowed to race for the remainder of the weekend. Further penalties may be announced next week.

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