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What some of the drivers are saying

ThatsRacin.com Report
Thursday, May. 26, 2011

What a few of the Sprint Cup drivers have said in response to the citation Kyle Busch was issued after he was clocked at 128 mph in a 45-mph zone by a deputy sheriff in Iredell County, N.C.:

Kurt Busch: All of us drivers have a responsibility as being role models ... There are posted speed limits and rules and laws; that’s what we have to do. He’ll learn from the situation and be a better person from it."

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Sometimes you go a little fast, even away from the race track, I guess. I’ve been guilty of the same thing myself just been lucky enough not to get caught.

"I don’t really know if I got that fast. I didn’t know if we had enough straight road in North Carolina to get going that quick, but apparently there is a piece somewhere."

Jimmie Johnson: “Yeah, we as drivers aren’t necessarily wired the same, but I’d have to say anybody that buys a high-performance vehicle gets in it and stands on the gas. Maybe not in the same situation, but that’s why you buy whatever car.

"I’ve always joked with my friends and I have a collection of old cars that I cruise around in because I’ve always felt if I have an exotic sports car I would be doing stupid things and I don’t need to do that.

"Man, I guess everybody that has a high-performance car stands on the throttle at some point. I’m not trying to justify what he did, but we can all look at ourselves in the mirror and know that we’ve wondered what it felt like to stand on the gas pedal.”

Jeff Gordon: "You know, I think it's pretty clear if they feel like it's detrimental to the sport, then maybe they should or could (penalize Busch). But, in my opinion, that's not detrimental to the sport.

"I think it's more detrimental to Kyle than anything else. I think it's something that should be handled separately away from the sport."

Ryan Newman: “If you don’t have to have a driver’s license to compete in the series, then what happens on the street has no affect as to what happens on the race track, in my opinion. If he’s charged criminally, then that’s a different situation, right?"

Kevin Harvick: “I think some people are their own worst enemy when it comes to being responsible as a person or as a business person or anything that comes with life’s responsibilities.

"Since I’ve been about 16 or 17 years old, I haven’t been into really driving fast down the highway or anything reckless on the road. It’s not really the place to do that."

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