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Busch won't get further penalty from NASCAR

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Oct 10 2012 07:53:59 AM CDT
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Kurt Busch, whose car was parked by NASCAR following an incident Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, won't be subject to additional sanctions, NASCAR officials announced Tuesday.

Busch didn't heed officials' call for him to stop his car after a crash; he said he hadn't heard the requests because he had taken off his helmet, which contains the communication equipment.

Eventually, Busch's car was halted, and he wound up in 39th place in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500.

"He made an effort to get back in the car and get back in the garage, and we felt like it put some of our folks in harm's way, and we just talked to him about that," Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said, according to NASCAR.com.

According to ESPN.com, Busch told reporters, "This is the way my life works. I am leading, I wreck, I run out of gas. I'm still that competitive guy that tried to get back in the race and now NASCAR is yelling at me because I don't have my helmet on and I'm trying to get it to the garage so the guys can work on it.

"Now I'm in trouble, now I have this little storm right here. This is my life. I'm not complaining. I put myself in a lot of these situations, but it's on to good things now moving forward. I got all the bad luck out of the way. This year has been a great year to test me in every way."

Talladega was Busch's final race in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. He is prepared to drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet for the remainder of this season, beginning at Charlotte on Saturday, and then next year.

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