Kyle Busch ticketed for reckless driving

Updated: April 14, 2006, 11:59 PM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was ticketed for reckless driving in a Richmond suburb Wednesday night.

The misdemeanor charge carries up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine and a driver's license suspension, said Sgt. Don Lambert, with Henrico County police. The charge also calls for a mandatory court appearance; Busch will appear in Henrico County General District Court on May 23.

Lambert said the incident happened at 10 p.m. near Richmond International Airport, a few minutes outside the city.

Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, though Lambert would not provide further details.

"The officer observed his driving behavior consistent with reckless driving," he told The Associated Press late Thursday night.

The 20-year-old Busch, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports, grabbed his Busch first series victory on May 14, 2004, at Richmond International Raceway. He went on to four more victories and completed the year with five poles and five wins, becoming the youngest top rookie in Busch series history at age 19.

Tuesday, Busch again appeared at the Richmond raceway for the Virginia kickoff of "Focus on Driving," Sprint Nextel's attentive driving education program.

Busch's older brother and NASCAR star, Kurt, had his own legal problems because of a traffic incident last year.

Kurt Busch was sat down by Roush for the final two races last year and authorities ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service after he became belligerent with Phoenix area police during a 2005 traffic stop. He was charged with reckless driving.

Busch later apologized.

Henrico County authorities said the younger Busch, who lives in Mooresville, N.C., was cooperative.


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