Posted Nov 11th 2011 2:31PM
It turns out NASCAR will allow Kyle Busch to participate in the final two Sprint Cup Series events of the year, but don't expect to see his familiar M&Ms livery on the track. Mars said that the company won't sponsor Busch until he returns to racing in 2012, despite the fact that the company feels that the racer has expressed genuine remorse for intentionally putting Ron Hornaday, Jr. into the wall under caution in a recent Truck Series race (click past the jump to re-watch that misstep). That little maneuver is the latest in a series of troubles that have surrounded Busch, and the stunt landed him a $50,000 fine and probation for the remainder of 2011.
Instead of his car's typical melt-in-your-mouth scheme, Busch will campaign an Interstate Batteries livery at the two upcoming Sprint Cup races. Interstate is heavily involved in Busch's team and has sponsored the racer in six cup races so far this year.
Busch has racked up a total of $75,000 in fines this season, thanks in part to a $25,000 incident with Kevin Harvick on pit road that saw Busch wind up in a head lock. As you may recall, Busch also lost his driver's licence for a spell after being busted for traveling 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in a Lexus LFA. Rough year.