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Racin’ News: Kyle Busch Stopped By Cops

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, May 24 2011

Kyle Busch found out there is no having at it on public roads. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Kyle Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding Tuesday by an Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy who said he was traveling at nearly three times the posted speed limit between Troutman and Mooresville.

Sgt. Chris Stone, a member of the Iredell County Sheriff Department’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement team, stopped a yellow Lexus sports car after clocking it at 128 mph in a 45 mph zone on Perth Road, which is in the Lake Norman area.

Lt. Troy Miller, who supervises the ACE team, said the NASCAR driver was cited after Stone stopped the Lexus.

“Today I received a traffic citation in Iredell County,” Busch said in a statement he issued. “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.”

A crew member for the No. 31 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

On May 23, Gary Frost was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.

Two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams received penalties today as a result of rule violations last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The No. 33 truck was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20B-10.6-B (unapproved final drive (rear end) gear ratio) of the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book.

Crew chief Jeff Hensley has been fined $10,000, while team owner DeLana Harvick and driver Ron Hornaday Jr. have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner and 25 championship driver points, respectively. The infraction occurred during post-race inspection May 20.

The No. 3 truck was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1, 12-4-J and 20B-10.4-K (shifter lever was not metal). Crew chief Gary Stockman has been fined $1,000. The infraction occurred during opening day inspection on May 19.

A Centennial Golden Brick was placed in the famous Yard of Bricks on Tuesday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, celebrating the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 and re-creating an iconic moment in the storied track’s history.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Belskus participated in the ceremony. Belskus placed the 37-pound golden brick in the center of the remaining exposed, 3-foot strip of the original bricks that were used to pave the 2.5-mile oval in 1909.

The Centennial Golden Brick will remain in the track through the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.

“The golden brick is a wonderful tradition that I’m glad to continue this year on the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and the 50th year of A.J.’s first win at Indianapolis,” George said. “Placing the golden brick with Ray Harroun in 1961 was a thrill for my father, and I’ll also cherish this memory.”

On Nov. 6, 1961, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman and Ray Harroun placed a golden brick in the Yard of Bricks to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harroun’s victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

This year, Foyt is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first Indianapolis 500 victory, in 1961. That was the last race at IMS in which the front straightaway was paved with bricks. The entire front straightaway was paved with asphalt in October 1961 except for the 3-foot strip of bricks at the start-finish line.

“I’m just happy that I lived long enough to be part of this special tradition,” Foyt said. “I think Tony Hulman would be very proud of how Mari has taken care of the Speedway over the years, and I’m sure he’s watching over her today.”

Tomas Scheckter, driver of the #07 REDLINE Xtreme Car in this year’s Centennial (100th Anniversary) Indy 500 on May 29th, won a race of a different sort today.  The 30 year-old bachelor from South Africa took in the most votes as “Indy’s Sexiest Race Car Driver,” a poll conducted by leading online dating and relationship service PerfectMatch.com.

With 551,925 total votes cast, Scheckter received 152,900 votes. Marco Andretti in the #26 car for Andretti Autosport, who edged into the race with his last second qualifying run on a dramatic Bump Day on Sunday, finished 2n with 124,500 votes, while his teammate, Indy’s hottest female racer Danica Patrick placed a solid third with 118,950 votes.

The final top ten (of 20) drivers were as follows:

1.    #07 Tomas Scheckter (South Africa) – KV Racing Technology – SH Racing

2.    #26 Marco Andretti (USA) – Andretti Autosport

3.    #7 Danica Patrick (USA) – Andretti Autosport

4.    #06 James Hinchcliffe (Canada) – Newman/Haas Racing

5.    #4 JR Hildebrand (USA) – Panther Racing

6.    #59 EJ Viso (Venezuela) – KV Racing Technology – Lotus

7.    #9 Scott Dixon (New Zealand) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing

8.    #82 Tony Kanaan (Brazil) – KV Racing Technology – Lotus

9.    #12 Will Power (Australia) – Team Penske

10.  #98 Dan Wheldon (UK) – Bryan Herta Autosport

(This news package will be updated as new breaks)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, May 24 2011
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  • gene bragg says:

    just another star above the law and getting away with it!!if it was average joe it would have been a beet down!!straight to jail and loss off license!!money talks, anything outside of that goes to jail!!

  • RPM says:

    Two words for Kyle Bush – Robbie Moroso.

  • Lori Long says:

    Why wasn’t Kurt Busch arrested? I would have been if I’d driven 3 times the speed limit!