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Kyle Busch caught speeding - at 128mph

For Kyle Busch, driving at 128mph on a work day would count as being in the slow lane. But when he does it on a 45mph public highway, the police tend to take a dim view of it.
It recalls the old British gag of two policemen pulling over a speeding vehicle and asking the driver, "Who do you think you are - Stirling Moss?"

This time, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Deputy who pulled over a yellow Lexus LFA sports car near the North Carolina town of Troutman on Tuesday found that it was indeed southern America's equivalent to Sir Stirling behind the wheel - in the form of 26-year-old "Wild Thing" Kyle Busch.

Busch was allegedly found to have been going at 128mph in a 45mph zone. He was charged with careless and reckless driving as well as speeding, but was not arrested. If convicted, Busch could lose his license for a year and face $1000 in fines.

According to the authorities, Busch was targeted by a special unit of the Iredell County Sheriff's Department called the "Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team".

The local Record & Landmark newspaper reported that Sgt. Chris Stone said Busch was cooperative, and that "he wasn't arrogant or anything.

"He said 'this is just a toy,'" Sgt Stone reported Busch as responding when asked why he was going so fast. The Lexus was reportedly a concept car and a racing prototype on loan from the manufacturer, which may be the same model or car as the one that Busch's team mate Denny Hamlin tweeted a picture of on Monday.

In a subsequent statement, Busch said: "I was test driving a new sports car, and I got carried away. I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road.

"I apologise to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgement. I take responsibility for my actions and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again. I thank the Iredell County Sheriff's Department and all law enforcement for the hard work they do every day to protect the public and to enforce the laws in a fair and equitable manner."

Officials from Joe Gibbs Racing - for whom he drives the #18 in the Sprint Cup championship - had no immediate comment on the incident, and nor did anyone from the Kyle Busch Motorsports team, which owns and operates the #18 in the Camping World Truck Series. Busch won the Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte on Friday, and went on to finish as runner-up in the All-Star Race coming in second behind Carl Edwards.




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Dario - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 1:20 PM

Hmm, I know people that got caught going that fast in a 65mph zone and had their bikes towed and faced $4000 in fines. But doing it in a 3000lb rolling weight in a lower speed zone is different? Oh, but he wasn't arrogant or anything. I should try that with the cops the next time!



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