After minor contact between Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Kyle Busch Friday night during the WinStar World Casino 350K, Busch turned Hornaday into the outside wall, a move that resulted in him being parked by NASCAR officials. Busch met with officials following the Truck Series race and again Saturday morning.
“During the truck race [Friday] night, we had an incident between the (No.) 18 and (No.) 33 trucks that resulted in NASCAR parking the (No.) 18 truck for the balance of the event. That’s done under section 9-12 of the rulebook–that gives NASCAR the authority to react during the race weekend,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “And following the event and after a good deal of conversation, NASCAR has decided to maintain that parked position of the driver of the 18 truck for the balance of the weekend. So basically what that means is Kyle Busch will not be participating [Saturday] or [Sunday] in the NASCAR event here in Texas.”
In his place, Denny Hamlin will pilot the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Michael McDowell will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota for Sunday’s AAA 500 Sprint Cup Series race. Further penalties are possible and would be announced early next week.
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