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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch spun out on the 99th lap of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at the Talledega Superspeedway. Then he ditched his safety crew.
He literally drove off against their wishes without wearing his helmet.
You can check out the action at 1:57 in the video. You’ll see the crew’s safety equipment fly off of Busch’s car.
“We ran out of gas while leading, fuel cell wasn’t big enough,” Busch said. “Small team blues. You work as hard as you can to keep up with the big teams and sometimes little itty bitty things take you out.”
NASCAR parked him for the remainder of the race.
“I guess they were telling me to stop,” Busch said. “That’s the competitor and the desire I have to stay in a race and keep going. I was hoping to get it back in the garage to work on it and NASCAR started yelling at me and I didn’t have my helmet on and couldn’t hear them.”
Busch, who is known for his childish antics, now realizes he’s in trouble.
“Now I’m in worse trouble,” Busch said. “This is the story of my life. Kurt Busch leads the race, runs out of gas, gets yelled at by NASCAR, and now I have a storm of media around me and I don’t know what to do or what to say next. I thanked the guys for a great year, and sorry about the way it turned out.”
Busch was suspended in June for verbally abusing a reporter and was put on probation through the end of the year.
NASCAR said it is checking into how this incident might impact Busch in the future.
Busch is supposed to make his debut with a new racing team, Furniture Row Racing, on Saturday in Charlotte.