Kyle Busch may face JGR discipline
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR isn't considering disciplinary action against Kyle Busch for being ticketed going 83 mph over the speed limit on Tuesday, but team owner Joe Gibbs is.
Gibbs said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that what Busch did -- he was cited with reckless and careless driving and speeding after being stopped going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone in Iredell (N.C.) County -- was a serious issue.
He said Joe Gibbs Racing is going through the process of evaluating what should be done to relay the message that "this is very serious."
Gibbs ruled out suspension, noting Busch wouldn't be at CMS preparing for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 if that were the case. He didn't rule out a possible fine; sponsor Home Depot fined Tony Stewart $50,000 and placed him on probation in 2002 for allegedly assaulting a freelance photographer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gibbs also suggested getting Busch, whose primary sponsor is M&Ms, involved with a program that would turn this into a positive. He mentioned specifically the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) program that NHRA star Doug Herbert formed after his sons were killed while speeding in 2008.
"That's part of the process we're going through," said Gibbs, who was present for Busch's media availability Thursday. "All those things as far as disciplinary actions, we're working through the process of trying to do the right thing.
"For me and all of Joe Gibbs Racing, I hope there is something I can do going forward, make it hopefully have something positive come out of it," he said.
Busch called his decision to go nearly three times the speed limit in a new Lexus LFA on a rural road a "lack of judgment."
"Yeah, I'm certainly sorry that it happened," Busch said. "My actions led me to speed. All I can do is apologize to the public, my friends, my fans, my sponsors and everybody and look at this experience as a learning experience and move forward.
"Thankfully, I have good people around me that can help with these experiences," he said.
Kevin Harvick, who was placed on probation along with Busch after their post-race pit road incident at Darlington Raceway, said Busch's actions "put a lot of people in a bad situation."
"I think some people are their own worst enemy when it comes to being responsible as a person or a businessperson or anything that comes with life," Harvick said. "Since I've been 16, 17, I haven't been really into driving fast down the highway or anything.
"Reckless on the road, it's not really the place to do that," he said.
Busch said it was fortunate nobody was hurt because of his poor decision.
"But that doesn't make any excuse for what happened or my lack of judgment or what I did," he said. "There are a lot of processes to be thought about here. There are some learning experiences to take form this.
"The best I can do is just try and move along past it for this weekend and take my course of action during the week and what might lie ahead," he said.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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