Busch cited for driving 3 times speed limit
by Staff Writer
STATESVILLE, – NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, 26, was stopped by deputies after they clocked him speeding almost three times the posted limit of 45 mph near his Mooresville home, authorities said.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon, May 24, with Busch caught on radar going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone on Perth Church Road near Judas Road, authorities said.
An Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Busch, who was driving a Lexus LFA sports car, in an area where a new baseball complex is being built, deputies said.
On Tuesday, Busch was charged with careless and reckless driving and speeding, deputies told WBTV.
Carl Edwards beat Busch in NASCAR’s All-Star race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch finished second, followed by David Reutimann, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle.
Just three weeks ago, Busch won at Richmond International Raceway, capturing his second win in the 2011 season, but that enjoyment was short-lived. He got in trouble after a pit-road incident with Kevin Harvick after the Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. Busch was fined $25,000 and put on probation for four races (plus last week’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway).
In the pit-road incident, Busch slowly followed Harvick into the pit area after the race. Harvick eventually jumped out of his car and attempted to punch or grab his rival through his window.
Busch then slammed into Harvick’s driverless car to clear space and drive off. Harvick’s car ended up in the wall and was damaged.?NASCAR officials also fined and placed Harvick on probation.
If Busch is found guilty of driving three times the posted speed limit, a judge could take Busch’s driver’s license. According to the Department of Motor Vehicle’s website, Busch could face the following if convicted:
A driving privilege will be revoked for at least 30 days if the driver is convicted of driving any vehicle more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit if at a speed higher than 55 mph.
It will be taken for 60 days if the driver is convicted of: speeding plus reckless driving on the same occasion.
The state also can suspend a license for a conviction of speeding more than 75 mph.
But Busch wouldn’t need to worry about his driver’s license to race. According to NASCAR’s Kerry Tharp, all racers need to compete is a NASCAR license, not a state-issued driver’s license.
Kyle Busch Motorsports was contacted by WBTV, but the team had no comment about the incident. Busch released the following statement Tuesday, May 25: “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.”
Previously, news outlets have reported Busch was issued a summons in April 2006 for reckless driving in Richmond, Va., He pleaded guilty to improper driving and was fined $150 plus court costs. In 2008, he also was cited for driving 55 mph in a 35-mph zone in Iredell County.