"My granddaughter gets on the bus right here," said Iredell County resident Becky Haney, pointing at the spot where Kyle Busch was clocked at doing 128mph in a 45mph zone. "When I heard that, I thought 'oh my God, I can't believe the man did not, they let him go'."
Kyle Busch and his wife - themselves residents of Iredell County - were pulled over by Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Stone on Tuesday when they were clocked going south at high speed on Perth Road, close to a day care centre, a church and several residential neighborhoods.
As well as the ticket for speeding, Busch also received a second Class 2 misdemeanor for "driving carelessly and heedlessly in willful and wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others" - otherwise known as reckless driving.
According to lawyers, the reckless driving charge alone is punishable by up to 60 days in jail as well as a one year suspended license and $1000 fine when the case is heard in court on July 20.
Local residents think that he should have been in jail already, and that the Iredell Sheriff's Office Deputy let Kyle off because of his sporting fame.
“If it was anyone else, if you're 30mph over, you get arrested…” said Danielle Protain. “The fact that he received preferential treatment is disturbing.”
Iredell Sheriff's Office said the officer involved, Sgt Christopher Stone, "didn't cut any breaks" for Busch and said that it was up to an officer's discretion whether to jail someone for speeding.
Busch "had the proper ID. He was from the area. He was a low risk to flee,", Captain Darren Campbell said in response to local criticism not to take Busch into custody straight away. “The officer didn't cut any breaks. He was charged with going 128. The officer did that and he will be prepared to testify in court, if it comes to that."
A local attorney agreed with the Sheriff's Office, suggesting that to jail Busch at this stage would have been overly penalising Busch for being a celebrity.