Kyle Busch, who was ticketed for driving a sports car 128 mph in a 45-mph zone Tuesday afternoon, could find out as early as July 20 whether he will have his North Carolina driver’s license suspended for 60 days.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver faces charges of speeding and reckless driving, and if he is convicted on both charges, he could have his license revoked for 60 days, according to the North Carolina driver’s manual. He is scheduled to appear in Iredell County Court in Statesville on July 20.
A valid driver’s license is not required to have a NASCAR license nor compete in NASCAR events, and NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Tuesday that it would not impact his status as a NASCAR driver.
The 26-year-old Busch, who is third in the Sprint Cup standings, didn’t give much of a reason for excessive speeding when he was pulled over.
According to Busch’s citation, he told Sgt. Chris Stone of the Iredell County Sheriff’s office “it’s just a toy” to describe the 2012 Lexus he was driving.
The toy, carrying a North Carolina dealer tag, was clocked at 128 mph at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday as Busch traveled south on Perth Road at Honeysuckle Creek Loop in Mooresville, according to the citation.
Stone characterized the traffic in the residential area at the time as “medium” with clear visibility, according to the citation. Busch was charged with speeding “carelessly and heedlessly in willful and wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others.”
Busch, who was traveling with wife Samantha, said in a statement Tuesday that he was testing a new sports car. Lexus is a division of Toyota, which sponsors Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team.
“I got carried away,” Busch said in his statement. “I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgment.
“I take responsibility for my actions and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again.”
This wasn’t the first time Busch was cited for speeding in his home county, according to court records. In 2008, he was ticketed for going 55 mph in a 35-mph zone, which was reduced to a charge of going 44 mph in a 35-mph zone. Busch paid a $136 fine.