NASCAR parked Kyle Busch after an early incident in Friday evening's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, also calling him to the NASCAR hauler at the conclusion of the event.
The move came after Busch intentionally wrecked championship contender Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution 15 laps into the 147-lap event. The two made contact racing around a slower truck, forcing Busch up the track and into the wall.
After the initial incident, Busch drove down the backstretch and into the back of Hornaday's truck, eventually sending him hard into the outside wall, head-on.
See the incident below:
After watching a replay of the event, Hornaday said the initial incident was just "a racing deal" and called on Busch to be parked for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event.
"That crap he pulled down there, they parked (Kevin) Harvick for the same retaliation at Martinsville," Hornaday said. "If they don't park (Busch) on Sunday, I'll be really upset. That's just ignorant and stupid. I don't know what you want to call it. He's such a candy-ass, he won't stay around to get a whooping like he's supposed to get. It's a shame. It's not like I did anything wrong."
When asked if he would talk to Busch after the race about the incident, he said he would change out of his driving suit and, "I'm going to find his motorhome.''
Unapologetic about the incident, Busch accused Hornaday of racing too hard too early in the event, saying he "couldn't go up in the dirt."
"If I just lay over and give everything to Ron Hornaday, that's not Kyle Busch's fashion," he said. "I'm out here to win a race just as much as anybody else is. When he races up on my inside, gets loose and takes me up to the fence, I ended up losing my cool. I've been wrecked four weeks in a row and finally I just had enough of it."
Busch added he was "sorry it was Ron Hornaday," considering he was running for the Truck Series championship, but contended "you can't place all the blame on one person."
When asked if he was worried about being parked by NASCAR for the weekend, Busch simply said, "No."
According to Landmark Newpapers' Dustin Long, Hornaday's team owner Kevin Harvick came over the radio and promised to find Busch after the race.
"Kyle Busch is going to get his ass whipped shortly, I hope,'' Harvick said. "He better sit his ass in his motorhome or I'm going to come find him and he's going to have to hold my watch because I'm going to whip his ass. He's the biggest whining little piece of (expletive deleted) I've ever seen in my whole life.''
Moments after the incident occurred, Twitter exploded with comments from Sprint Cup Series drivers and family members, the majority of which called for Busch to be parked for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.
@DeLanaHarvick What now (NASCAR VP) @odsteve? That can't be tolerated...
@JeffGordonWeb Wow! That was pretty crazy with 33 & 18 in truck race. Really don't think Ron deserved that. Understand why Kyle was upset but really? #JG
@dennyhamlin ok my 1 voice of reason during this time of chaos.. what just happened is not much different then what happened last week 20 times..
@dennyhamlin just higher speeds and a championship contender involved. see my comments on speed channel last week after the race for my opinion.
Harvick eventually went on to score the win in Friday night's race and criticized Busch while in Victory Lane.
"Kyle definitley showed his immaturity and why he's just one of those guys that just can't stand to lose and is a poor loser," Harvick said. "It's unfortunate for Ron. It's just bad a guy that's over here trying to win races got in the middle of the championship fight. At some point he'll feel the pain."
According to multiple reports at Texas Motor Speedway, Busch's mandatory meeting with NASCAR lasted roughly three minutes, which ended with no comment from Busch. NASCAR and Busch are expected to meet again on Saturday morning.