NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch Clocked Going 128mph In A 45mph Zone

Perhaps Kyle Busch thought he was at Daytona Motor Speedway rather than a public street in North Carolina:

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch offered a public apology Tuesday after he was ticketed for careless and reckless driving and speeding in North Carolina.

Deputies said they clocked Busch doing nearly three times the posted speed limit, according to the Statesville Record and Landmark. Busch allegedly was clocked at 128 mph in a 45-mph zone while driving a yellow Lexus LFA, a two-seat sport coupe produced as a concept car and production model.

“I was test driving a new sports car and I got carried away,” Busch, who was stopped between the towns of Troutman and Mooresville, said in a statement. “I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors and race teams for my lack of judgment.

“I take responsibility for my actions, and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again.”

Except this Sunday in Charlotte, right?


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  1. Franklin says:

    Unlike Busch, some of us who like to thrash cars around have to pay for the privilege, and track time, tires and brakes ain’t cheap. He gets no sympathy from me.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Well, Kyle Busch will be getting a nice bonus from the nice folks at Lexus. They’ve been desperate to erase their image as grandpa’s car. I’m not suggesting it was planned, but it sure was on-message.

  3. bret5089 says:

    Hes a professional driver if he wants to go that fast I feel safer than if a cop were doing it, those dudes seriously are good drivers and they have control

  4. mattb says:

    Typically 45mph zones are listed that way because they’re residential or have slow moving vehicles merging… I don’t care who we are talking about, that’s asking to kill someone.

    The thought of anyone traveling at approximately 3x the speed limit down my street scares the heck out of me,

    BTW, last I checked, in NY that isn’t a ticket, that’s a direct trip to jail and a potential license suspension. Was he brought in?

  5. Franklin says:

    bret- He’s much safer at 128mph than most yahoos, yes. He might have even picked a safe open road to do this with no chance that somebody would pop out in front of him.

    BUT, he can go that fast and even faster any time he wants to. He could even rent a track for a day, I think he can afford it.

    Rules aren’t just for the little people. Fact is, I’d lose my license if I did the same thing. And I’ve spent more time on a track than 99.9% of the population – I’m no Kyle Busch but I could certainly find a place to do 128mph safely. But I don’t – it’s highly illegal and I need my license.

    In Europe, multiple F1 drivers have lost their licenses for doing the same thing. I know they’re all socialist losers or whatever, but at least sometimes they follow the rule of law.

  6. john personna says:

    I think my personal best was 125 in a 50 zone. That’s before I hung up my spurs and bought a Prius.

  7. The Q says:

    It reminds me of a story Mario Andretti told to Johnny Carson when Mario was pulled over for speeding.

    The cop comes up to his driver’s window, and says, “Mister just who do you think you are, Mario Andrettin.”

    To which, Mario, responded, “why yes, officer.”