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The Kyle Busch apology tour hit Phoenix Friday.
Appearing alongside team owner Joe Gibbs, Busch took the blame again for his actions in last week's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway which led to him being parked for a Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series race - and led to his sponsor M&M's dumping him for the final two Sprint Cup races this year.
"I understand my actions last weekend were uncalled for, they were disrespectful," Busch said. "I want to be with Joe Gibbs Racing, I want to be in NASCAR, I want to race the M&M's Toyota.
"(There's) no one to blame but myself ... I apologize to everybody involved in this whole ordeal."
Along with probation and a fine from NASCAR, Gibbs also announced Busch would face further financial penalties - which were described as "substantial" by Gibbs - that are getting worked through at this time.
Busch will be driving the organization's No. 18 Toyota for the next two weeks with sponsorship from Interstate Batteries. M&M's will return as sponsor of the No. 18 Toyota next season.
These are the first public comments by Busch and Gibbs since rampant speculation took place this week that Gibbs could lose sponsors because of the incident and backlash at Texas and that it could possibly lead to Busch losing his ride for the final two races of the year or longer.
With Mars, Inc., the parent company of M&M's, opting off Busch's ride, longtime Joe Gibbs Racing sponsor Interstate Batteries will appear on the No. 18 Toyota for the final two Cup races of 2011. M&M's will return in 2012.
"We got great partners, and in particular this morning I want to mention that Mars is one of the premier companies in America. Nineteen years in racing ... they've been great partners for us," Gibbs said. "We support (Mars') decision."
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Mars Inc. is removing driver Kyle Busch from the No. 18 Toyota Camry M&M's car for the final two races of the season, according to the candy company.
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Troubles continue to mount for NASCAR driver Kyle Busch since his on-track incident with Ron Hornaday in last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.M&M's, the sponsor of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Busch, has pulled its sponsorship of the car for the remaining two races on the 2011 schedule -- Sunday...
The fallout from Kyle Busch's road rage at Texas continued Thursday when one of his sponsors asked for him to be removed from the season-ending Nationwide Series race, the Associated Press has learned.
A person familiar with the plans says Kyle Busch will be allowed to race in the final two Sprint Cup Series events but not with main sponsor M&M's.
The #18 of Kyle Busch will be sponsored by Interstate Batteries this weekend at Phoenix. Busch was parked last week at Texas after intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday under caution during a Camping World Truck series race. NASCAR later fined the driver $50,000 and kept him on probation until the end of the year.
M&M’s, the primary sponsor of Busch, opted to pull their name...
Kyle Busch will be driving the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry from Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend at Phoenix. (FVP had it wrong.) Here's some of his statements, along with statements from Joe Gibbs.
Joe Gibbs says he never considered firing Kyle Busch over the drivers' road rage incident in the Truck Series race at Texas.
Kyle Busch and team owner Joe Gibbs addressed the driver's Texas
incident and ensuing reactions Friday at Phoenix International
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