FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR parked Kyle Busch for his actions on the track during Friday night’s Truck race. He was not allowed to participate in Saturday’s Nationwide or Sunday’s Cup races. He was replaced in the Cup race by Michael McDowell and by Denny Hamlin in the Nationwide race.
As they ran three-wide early in Friday’s race, Ron Hornaday moved up the track, causing Kyle Busch, running on the outside, to hit the wall. Hornaday also hit it. As they slowly went around the track under caution Busch ran up on the rear of Hornaday and continued to bump his truck until Hornaday smacked the wall head-on.
“He’s got to be parked,” Hornaday said after the incident. “They parked Kevin Harvick at Martinsville. So, let’s have at it. I can go over and beat his butt and let’s have at it? He lives too close to me. We’ll see what NASCAR does. If they don’t handle it right, I’ll be over at his house Monday morning.”
There have been incidents between Harvick, Hornaday and Kyle Busch in the past. Richard Childress, who Harvick drives for in the Cup Series, jumped on Busch a couple months ago and blackened one of his eyes.
“NASCAR has typically let drivers settle their scores with no suspensions in the so-called “Boys, Have At It” era,” said Mike Helton of NASCAR. “While it has put drivers on probation, issued fines and docked points, NASCAR officials have said NASCAR is a contact sport and drivers should not be afraid of NASCAR discipline if they make contact while racing.
“The responsibility that over the past two or three seasons we’ve given back to the drivers came with a very clear understanding that there could be a line that got crossed.”
Busch issued a letter of apology to Hornaday, saying he took full responsibility for his actions.
Kevin Harvick won the race followed by Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Johnny Sauter, Ricky Carmichael, Miguel Paludo and Justin Lofton.
Top 10 leaders after 24 of 25:
1. A. Dillon-854