Thursday, April 13, 2006
Updated: April 14, 11:59 PM ET
Kyle Busch ticketed for reckless driving
RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was ticketed for
reckless driving in a Richmond suburb Wednesday night.
The misdemeanor charge carries up to a year in jail, a $2,500
fine and a driver's license suspension, said Sgt. Don Lambert, with
Henrico County police. The charge also calls for a mandatory court
appearance; Busch will appear in Henrico County General District
Court on May 23.
Lambert said the incident happened at 10 p.m. near Richmond
International Airport, a few minutes outside the city.
Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, though Lambert would not
provide further details.
"The officer observed his driving behavior consistent with
reckless driving," he told The Associated Press late Thursday
The 20-year-old Busch, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports,
grabbed his Busch first series victory on May 14, 2004, at Richmond
International Raceway. He went on to four more victories and
completed the year with five poles and five wins, becoming the
youngest top rookie in Busch series history at age 19.
Tuesday, Busch again appeared at the Richmond raceway for the
Virginia kickoff of "Focus on Driving," Sprint Nextel's attentive
driving education program.
Busch's older brother and NASCAR star, Kurt, had his own legal
problems because of a traffic incident last year.
Kurt Busch was sat down by Roush for the final two races last
year and authorities ordered him to perform 50 hours of community
service after he became belligerent with Phoenix area police during
a 2005 traffic stop. He was charged with reckless driving.
Busch later apologized.
Henrico County authorities said the younger Busch, who lives in
Mooresville, N.C., was cooperative.