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NASCAR Toyota driver Kyle Busch nailed for 128 in a 45

NASCAR racer Kyle Busch makes a living roaring around stock car tracks in his Toyota Camry race car at speeds nearing 200mph but the young gun is in hot water after being ticketed for careless driving and reckless driving for traveling at speeds almost three times the legal limit near his home in North Carolina.

Busch was cited by Iredell County police for going 128 miles per hour in an area where the posted speed limit is just 45mph. Busch was test driving a new bright yellow 2012 Lexus LFA reportedly on loan from Toyota – presumably as a perk based on his success in the NASCAR series behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry race car.

Busch’s 2012 Lexus LFA was traveling 83 miles per hour over the speed limit, which when combined with the fact that he was going 128mph on a public road would have been enough to get the average guy ripped out of the car and taken to jail while the car was towed away to the police impound lot. You know, the average guy driving a new Lexus supercar. Anyways, Busch is a celebrity ‘round them parts” so the officers were a bit more understanding with Busch than they would likely be if it was someone who wasn’t a super-wealthy NASCAR driving local. The officers stated that Busch wasn’t arrogant and was very courteous to the officers during the traffic stop, explaining that the car was “just a toy” when asked why he was driving so fast.

While Busch was free to drive home after acting in a way that would get most people locked up, he will have to appear in court to face charges of both careless and reckless driving – offenses that could cost him his state driver’s license. This isn’t the first time that Busch has been in trouble for screwing around behind the wheel as he was cited for going 55 in a 35 in 2008 along with given a ticket for doing a burnout in a public parking lot in 2006. These are both pretty tame offenses – things that most average gearheads have been nailed for a time or two – but traveling 83mph over the posted limit in a car that he didn’t own, could cost the NASCAR hot-head his right to drive on public roads. Fear not NASCAR fans…he doesn’t need a driver’s license to compete.

In a statement, Busch offered the following apology:
"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 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. 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."

Source: USA Today

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