NASCAR's Kyle Busch was cited for reckless driving on Tuesday after an Iredell County (NC) sheriff's deputy clocked the Joe Gibbs Racing driver traveling 128 mph in a 45 mph zone near Troutman.
That's obviously going to be an expensive fine, but the driver was not arrested, according to the sheriff's office.
The Statesville Record & Landmark, which first reported the story, said Busch was issued citations for careless and reckless driving and speeding.
Busch was cited while driving a yellow 2012 Lexus LFA sports car, but it was unclear whether it was the same one Denny Hamlin tweeted a picture of on Monday. There was an unidentified woman in the car with Busch, according to the Record & Landmark.
The paper quoted Sgt. Chris Stone as saying he asked Busch why the driver was going so fast.
"He said ‘this is just a toy,'" Stone said. He said Busch indicated the car, a two-seat sport coupe produced by Lexus as a concept car and a racing prototype, was on loan to him from the manufacturer.
He said Busch was cooperative. "He wasn't arrogant or anything," he said.
We'll pass along more information as it comes in. The citation had not reached the county clerk's office by its 5 p.m. closing time, so it's expected more information will be released when it opens in the morning.
Kyle Busch has issued the following statement on his traffic violation earlier in the day in Iredell County:
"Today I received a traffic citation in Iredell County. 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."