Yesterday, Kyle Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving after he was clocked at 128mph in a 45mph while driving a yellow Lexus LFA sports car.
[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”231″][/media-credit]Speeding on streets is something that should not be taken lightly as many individuals are killed in accidents each year. In contrast, NASCAR is not doing anything about their own little bad boy’s speeding incident.
Busch released this statement after the incident.
“Today I received a traffic citation in Iredell County. 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.”
“Lack of judgements” and getting “carried away” resulted in Busch going 128mph and all NASCAR has said was that they’re going to let Busch deal with this on his own.
“This is a matter that Kyle will have to handle with the authorities in Iredell County,” NASCAR’s Kerry Tharp said. “Based on what we know right now, this would not impact his status as a NASCAR driver.”
Tharp was also quick to add that a NASCAR driver doesn’t need a valid driver’s license, just a NASCAR license. This is a rule that’s set in place more-so for young 15 year old’s who are trying to get their start as legally they can’t get a driver’s license till the age of 16. However, once they have one, they should know the proper rules of the road and how to act safely.
Busch obviously doesn’t know that by what he’s done and the fact that he could have his license suspended for 60 days after the July court date. This is also not the first time for Busch as he was caught speeding. In 2008 he was doing 55mph in a 35mph zone.
In both incidents, NASCAR has done nothing except tell the drivers to deal with it. What kind of precedent does that set?
Busch’s case is not the only one that’s popped up as look at Michael Annett’s case.
Annett was arrested for a DUI charge in February and NASCAR hasn’t done anything to Annett as he continues to drive for Rusty Wallace Racing.
“I’m owning up to everything,” he said back in February. “There’s no excuse for it. I’m taking full blame and hoping everybody can learn from this. It honestly scared the hell out of me.”
All NASCAR has done is placed him on probation, when meanwhile he, in a sense, broke the substance abuse policy. What type of attitude does that show NASCAR having?
If NASCAR wants to be taken seriously, they need to step up their game and do something about the actions of individuals as it doesn’t look good on the sanctioning body.