CONCORD, N.C._ Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch apologized for his actions and lack of judgment that led to a speeding ticket of 128 mph in a 45 mph zone on Tuesday in Iredell County, North Carolina.
“I’m certainly sorry that it happened and my actions led me to speed,” he said. “It was a lack of judgment and all I can do is apologize to the public, my friends, my fans, my sponsors and everybody, look at this experience as a learning experience, and to move forward.”
Already on NASCAR probation for an incident with Kevin Harvick that took place at Darlington Raceway, it does not appear Busch’s off-track antics will lead to any ramifications from the sanctioning body, despite calls from many outside the sport to fine, penalize or even suspend him.
"This is a matter that Kyle will have to handle with the authorities in Iredell County,” NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told The Associated Press earlier in the week. “Based on what we know right now, this would not impact his status as a NASCAR driver."
“Fortunately, there was no one hurt, but that doesn’t make any kind of excuse for what happened and for my lack in judgment and for what I did,” Busch said. “Like I said, there’s a lot of processes to be thought about here. There’s some learning experiences to be taken from this and the best I can do is just try to move along past it for this weekend and take my course of action during the week in what might lie ahead.”
Busch said the issue has been discussed within the team at JGR, but the team is “working through the process” and “looking at what might be done later on down the road.”
“First of all, this is a serious issue,” team owner Joe Gibbs said. “That’s an important statement for us; this is serious. We want to go through this the right way. There is a lot to consider, and we’re going to do that. We’re going to kind of step through it and try to do the right thing.”
Running a Lexus sports car on loan from the company, Busch told the officer when he was given the citation the car was "just a toy."
"Well, it was a car that was on loan to me from Lexus and it wasn’t that it was a toy, it’s a high performance vehicle and that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Should be driven with caution," Busch said. "Obviously, I didn’t have caution and I had a lack of judgment and there’s probably a reason why on TV commercials and such they always show at the bottom, ‘Professional driver, closed course.’ Mine was not that.
"Again, I apologize sincerely to all those affected and that all I can do is try to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that I make sure that lack of judgment doesn’t overcome me."