Busch apologizes in statement

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

FORT WORTH, TEX. - An apologetic Kyle Busch has issued a statement saying he regretted his actions during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday when he rammed title contender Ron Hornaday into the wall at Texas Motor Speedway.

As a result, NASCAR boss Mike Helton banned Busch from racing in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Saturday in the Nationwide Series race and Sunday in the Sprint Cup race.

“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night’s Truck Series race at Texas,” Busch said. “I apologize to my fans, all my sponsors, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“I’d also like to apologize to Ron Hornaday Jr., and everyone associated with the 33 team in the Truck Series.”

Busch even said that he accepted the severity of the punishment levelled at him by NASCAR for his actions.

“I understand why I was taken out of the car for the rest of the weekend,” he said. “NASCAR officials had to act, and I accept their punishment and take full responsibility for my actions.”

Busch, who had up to this point this season been much better behaved than in previous seasons, also lamented that he had taken “a step backward.”

“I feel like I’ve made a lot of strides this year, but this was certainly a step backward,” he said. “Moving forward, I will do everything I possibly can to represent everyone involved in a positive manner. However, I know my long-term actions will have more of a bearing than anything I say right now.”

It has been speculated that JGR owner Joe Gibbs will issue his own punishment to Busch, but details of that are not likely to be made public.


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