Z-Line to Drop Kyle Busch from Finale
Z-Line Designs, sponsor of Kyle Busch's Nationwide car, owned by Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), has reportedly asked Gibbs to put driver Denny Hamlin behind the wheel for the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead.
Busch's current status with JGR has not been announced, and although the driver is on the entry list for Phoenix, JGR has not confirmed that Busch will drive in Sprint Cup this weekend. The primary sponsor, M&M Mars has publicly denounced Busch's actions in the last Camping World truck event when he intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday during an early race caution.
After that race Busch was unrepentant and arrogant with his replies to the media following the event.
"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 after NASCAR parked Busch for the rest of the race weekend which impacted the Nationwide and sprint Cup events.
"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 web site. "I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night's Truck Series race at Texas."
Earlier this season Kyle Busch was on the short list of drivers thought to have a real shot at the 2011 driver's trophy. The recent events is a drastic fall from grace for the 26-year-old Busch.
If M&Ms follows suit and forces JGR to replace Busch in Sprint Cup the most likely candidate to fill that seat is driver Aric Amirola.Continued on the next page