Tony Stewart took home his second win in a row, 4th in the chase and edges to within just 3 points of second place Carl Edwards. Kyle Busch dominated the coverage of the weekend after wrecking Ron Hornaday in Friday’s Truck race, and getting parked by NASCAR.
I’ve had a lot of time today to sit and reflect, and try to put my thoughts into words as best I can.
I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night’s Truck Series race at Texas.
I apologize to my fans, all my sponsors, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports.
After talking with my team, it’s great to have their support and encouragement to assure me that there are better days ahead. Even though this took place while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, I am sorry for how difficult this has been for everyone associated with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series teams.
I’d also like to apologize to Ron Hornaday Jr., and everyone associated with the No. 33 team in the Truck Series.
That’s done under Section 9-12 of the Rule Book. That gives NASCAR the authority to react during a race weekend. Following the event and after a good deal of conversation and discussion, NASCAR has decided to maintain that parked position on the driver of the 18 truck for the balance of the weekend.
So basically what that means is Kyle Busch will not be participating today or tomorrow in the NASCAR event here in Texas.
THE MODERATOR: We have time for just a few questions.
Q. Mike, can you tell me what time the meeting was held this morning, where it was held, who attended it?
MIKE HELTON: The meeting was held at our hauler 15 minutes ago, 20 minutes ago. J.D., Coach Gibbs, and Kyle Busch were in attendance along with several NASCAR officials.
Q. In the year of ‘boys have at it,’ what were the specific reasons behind your decision to park Kyle as opposed to just letting ‘boys have at it’?
MIKE HELTON: The responsibility over the past two or three seasons we’ve given back to the drivers came I think with a very clear understanding that there could be a line that got crossed.
Mike Helton announces that Kyle Busch has been parked for the balance of the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway
Mike Helton: Yeah, unfortunately we’re going to have to reschedule because this last rain that set us back, we’re now predicting it will take three to three and a half hours to dry. which means it will be 12:30 or 1 o’clock in the morning before we could start, which is just not reasonable to do. That along with the forecast that everybody that does that professionally around here universally agrees that for the next 36 hours starting sometime later tonight it’s about 100% chance in this area with more than likely three, four, five inches of rain, high wind and all the things that create dangerous situations with weather. We’ll have respect for that and reschedule this race to start at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning.
Dale Jarrett: I would have to say, this doesn’t change the Richmond schedule whatsoever though. These teams are very well-prepared to be ready to be there on Friday and going?