The Kyle Busch apology tour has finally started.
On Friday morning in the Phoenix International Raceway, Kyle Busch along side Joe Gibbs took to the media center. Busch took the blame again for his actions in last week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race race at Texas Motor Speedway which led NASCAR to park him for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series race, and had Mars, Incorporated dump him for the last two races in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
“I understand my actions last weekend were uncalled for, they were disrespectful,” Busch said. “I want to be with Joe Gibbs Racing, I want to be in NASCAR, I want to race the M&M’s Toyota.
Busch went on to say “(There’s) no one to blame but myself…I apologize to everybody involved in this whole ordeal.”
Along with the probation, that lasts until the end of the season, and the $50,000 fine from NASCAR, Coach Gibbs annoucned Busch would face further finanancial penalities-which he described would be “substantial”. Further mentioned that these were getting worked through at this time so they were unable to announce them.
Kyle Busch will continue to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing for the final races of the season with sponsorship from Interstate Batteries. Mars, Incorporated will return for the 2012 Daytona Speedweeks.
This was the first appearance from Kyle Busch and Coach Gibbs since the speculation started earlier this week that Gibbs could lose sponsors because of the incident at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch even went as far as saying he was concerned he would lose his No. 18 ride, but Gibbs never broached the idea.
Gibbs wouldn’t discuss whether the team would refund Mars for the final two races, nor whether Interstate had increased its financial commitment.
“We got great partners, and in particular this morning I want to mention that Mars is one of the premier companies in America. Nineteen years in racing … they’ve been great partners for us,” Gibbs said. “We support (Mars’) decision.”
Coach Gibbs was asked about the rumor that Z-Line Design pulled Kyle Busch out of the car for the final NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead next week. Gibbs said that he takes full responsibility for Denny Hamlin driving the car next Saturday afternoon. He went onto say that he would like Busch to just think about his NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule that weekend.
Should Kyle Busch be racing this weekend? Was it smart for Mars, Incorporated to move on for the last two races? Let us know!