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Busch's Sponsors beginning to react:

Report: Sponsor doesn't want Busch for finale

By The Associated Press
November 10, 2011 11:32 AM, EST



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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The fallout from Kyle Busch's road rage at Texas continued Thursday when one of his sponsors asked for him to be removed from the season-ending Nationwide Series race, The Associated Press has learned.

Multiple people familiar with Busch's schedule told the AP that Z-Line Designs asked this week that Denny Hamlin replace Busch in next weekend's Nationwide race at Homestead. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Busch's future was still being discussed Thursday with sponsors and Joe Gibbs Racing.




Z-Line in the sand

Has Z-Line Designs had enough of Kyle Busch? The company's owner, Jim Sexton, seen talking to Denny Hamlin, who replaced the parked Busch, prior to the Nationwide race at Texas, apparently wants Hamlin for the finale at Homestead. Joey Logano will drive the No. 18 this week at Phoenix, with GameStop as the car's sponsor.

Among the options being considered is Aric Almirola replacing Busch in the final two Sprint Cup Series races of the season, as primary sponsor M&M's decides how it wants to proceed with Busch. Although NASCAR has cleared Busch to race this weekend at Phoenix, JGR officials have been silent on his status in Sunday's Cup race.

Busch has been off the track since he intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution in the early laps of last Friday's Truck Series race at Texas.

Busch has admitted he lost control of his temper, and has since apologized. NASCAR parked him from all racing at Texas, and this week fined him $50,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year.

Busch, who seemed unrepentant after the accident, admitted losing his temper.

"I lost my cool, no doubt about it," he said. "I've been wrecked four weeks in a row, and I've had enough of it, and I retaliated. So it's certainly my fault for doing that. If everybody wants to say, 'Hornaday is racing for a championship, roll over,' that's not my fashion. That's not anybody else's fashion out here."

His tone changed considerably a day later, after NASCAR parked him from all competition at Texas.

"I've had a lot of time today to sit and reflect, and try to put my thoughts into words as best I can," he wrote in a lengthy apology posted Saturday on the Kyle Busch Motorsports website. "I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night's Truck Series race at Texas."

It's been a tremendous fall for the 26-year-old Busch, who just two months ago was the favorite to win his first Cup championship.

He opened the 10-race Chase tied with rival Kevin Harvick for the top seed based on his four regular-season victories. But he again faltered in the opening Chase races and never was a serious title contender.

This latest problem comes at the end of what's been a rough year for Busch, who actually had made huge strides in showing more maturity and patience both on and off the track. But he still had many missteps, including one on pit road with Harvick at Darlington that earned him a $25,000 fine.

Busch also lost his North Carolina driver's license and was fined $1,000 for driving 128 mph in a 45-mph zone in May. He also was ordered to do 30 hours of community service and serve a year of unsupervised probation.

Busch also was in a confrontation in the garage with rival team owner Richard Childress.


Busch also had contact with Elliott Sadler during a Bristol Truck race in August, then intentionally wrecked Sadler a few minutes later as retaliation. Sadler drives for Harvick, a longtime Busch rival, in the Nationwide Series.

In his apology Saturday, Busch noted that his missteps have undone all the progress he's made in maturing this season.

"Through a lot of support from the people around me, I feel like I've made a lot of strides this year, but this was certainly a step backward," he wrote. "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."

Busch is one of NASCAR's most successful and polarizing drivers. He has 104 victories spanning NASCAR's top three national series, and consistently dominates in both the Nationwide and Truck series.

This year, Busch has four wins in the Cup Series, eight in Nationwide and six in Trucks. He drives for his own Truck team, and said last month he'll field a Nationwide team next season and planned to drive for himself in some of those races.

But he's disliked by some fans for everything from his success, his feuds with Harvick and others, and his aggressive on-track attitude.

Although JGR has not said if Busch's job is in jeopardy, he has been fired before. Hendrick Motorsports let him go at the end of the 2007 season, when the team made room to sign Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Post Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:31 pm

Re: Busch's Sponsors beginning to react:

The major racing journalists are saying they are receiving a lot of "I don't knows" with regards to questions about Kyle Busch's future.

Marty Smith says it's changing by the minute.

Idiot or not, this is huge, cause he's an idiot that wins a lot at the Cup level.
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Post Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:14 pm

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Looks like Busch will race Cup at Phoenix & Miami in the # 18 Interstate Batteries machine, not the m&m's
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Post Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:41 pm

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Hummm, I've read a lot of opinions on this one. Yeah, I sort of feel like Kyle was punished last week for his actions and it should be over, but then again sponsors want their drivers to be the superhero, not the villian. Let's face it....it all comes down to the $$$$ from the sponsors. If JGR determines that Kyle is too much of a liability to keep their sponsors happy and the $$$ coming in, they could give him the boot. Yeah, he's a good driver and could get another ride, but then again.......there aren't a lot of rides open (at least good rides). He just might have finally cooked his own goose! He certainly hasn't helped himself any! JMO ;)
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Its ALL ####.........How many people does JPM wreck on purpose?? How many races has that IDIOT won lately ?? How about Vickers?? Why wasn't he parked at Martinsville ?? He only wrecked 8-10 cars on purpose. And how many races has that IDIOT won lately?? How 'bout Joooooonyer?? That non-drivin' s.o.b wrecked an assload of cars at M'ville too. One of them just happened to be within about 15 points of the chase lead at that point. ITS ALL ####!! :twisted: Kyle's being crucified and NASCAR knows it and don't care because "THEY KNOW WHAT'S BEST" yeah, right. If Gibbs lets this talent go because of this, F#CK HIM. I hope he NEVER wins another race LET ALONE, Championship. KB needs guidance and knowledge NOT, NOT, NOT abandonment. I'll never have another M&M as long as I live or ANYTHING else Mars branded for that matter. I'm done now....thanks :evil: :evil: :evil: :!:
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midwesternsmoke wrote:Its ALL ####.........How many people does JPM wreck on purpose?? How many races has that IDIOT won lately ?? How about Vickers?? Why wasn't he parked at Martinsville ?? He only wrecked 8-10 cars on purpose. And how many races has that IDIOT won lately?? How 'bout Joooooonyer?? That non-drivin' s.o.b wrecked an assload of cars at M'ville too. One of them just happened to be within about 15 points of the chase lead at that point. ITS ALL ####!! :twisted: Kyle's being crucified and NASCAR knows it and don't care because "THEY KNOW WHAT'S BEST" yeah, right. If Gibbs lets this talent go because of this, F#CK HIM. I hope he NEVER wins another race LET ALONE, Championship. KB needs guidance and knowledge NOT, NOT, NOT abandonment. I'll never have another M&M as long as I live or ANYTHING else Mars branded for that matter. I'm done now....thanks :evil: :evil: :evil: :!:


I agree MW

I don't get what all the fuss is about almost a week later. I feel he was punished enough. I'm losing respect for JGR not standing up for him. So stupid not to help him get through this. Geez, they sent Tony to anger management, why not Kyle.
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My guess is everyone is waiting for this to blow over and everything will be back to normal next season,sponsors and all.
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midwesternsmoke wrote:Its ALL ####.........How many people does JPM wreck on purpose?? How many races has that IDIOT won lately ?? How about Vickers?? Why wasn't he parked at Martinsville ?? He only wrecked 8-10 cars on purpose. And how many races has that IDIOT won lately?? How 'bout Joooooonyer?? That non-drivin' s.o.b wrecked an assload of cars at M'ville too. One of them just happened to be within about 15 points of the chase lead at that point. ITS ALL ####!! :twisted: Kyle's being crucified and NASCAR knows it and don't care because "THEY KNOW WHAT'S BEST" yeah, right. If Gibbs lets this talent go because of this, F#CK HIM. I hope he NEVER wins another race LET ALONE, Championship. KB needs guidance and knowledge NOT, NOT, NOT abandonment. I'll never have another M&M as long as I live or ANYTHING else Mars branded for that matter. I'm done now....thanks :evil: :evil: :evil: :!:




Wow I've following your posts and I have to agree 100%. If Gibbs lets him go he is a chicken **** and for M&M's they've received more for their sponsor money because of the wins Kyle has brought in so let his punishment end. If they really want to make a statement do what Home Depot did to Tony. They fined him and made it mandatory for him to take Anger Management to keep the sponsor money. Enough is enough.
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:P :P :P :P :P :P :P .....................

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it is the sponsors that are in control, if they dont wanna be associated with him, that is their right..
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They've certainly got a he!! of a lot more for their money with Kyle than Sadler. The only thing Sadler is known for is sliding on his roof at the superspeedways. I'd take Kyle's publicity over Elliott's anyday. I love M&M's but my whole office is boycotting Mars and M&M's.
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Rochelle wrote:They've certainly got a he!! of a lot more for their money with Kyle than Sadler. The only thing Sadler is known for is sliding on his roof at the superspeedways. I'd take Kyle's publicity over Elliott's anyday. I love M&M's but my whole office is boycotting Mars and M&M's.

Think they are in the small minority there,#### i had to go out and buy some the other day cuz i forgot how good they really are! :mrgreen:
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i have never taken that whole sponsor thing serious, because if the product is good, you will buy it, i shop at both lowes and home depot, whoever has the best deal gets my money, even when it comes to a car, i love chevy's, but its what is the best deal i can get, same with oil, food, candy soda, fast food (tho the later i eat twice a year), the only product i boycott and i have been very vocal about is Exxon/mobil and that is because of the tanker accident in 89, havent used any of their products since.
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The idea that kids think of Kyle Busch and racing when they open a bag of M&M's is crazy. Be honest M&M's and just tell the world your tired of Kyle's antics. They got more publicity for free than if they had stayed on and sponsored the two races. That was in their favor.
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Most the kids today act like Kyle,so i don't see a problem with any of it aside the original incident or incidents.Then there's the parents"my child would never do that"-oh yeah,then who's this on the video, the twin yah never knew about? !!!! :evil: What Kyle does on the track is nothing compared to some of the crap i see kids watching on the other networks or the sponsors used during it.
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