Kyle Busch, a two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, should not have used a slur referring to the mentally disabled during a post-race interview, and NASCAR was correct in ordering him to take sensitivity training, according to team owner Joe Gibbs.
Following Sunday’s race at Martinsville, Busch apologized on social media for using the slur while criticizing driver Brad Keselowski. Because of words used in violation of NASCAR’s behavior guidelines, Busch must complete the training before the start of the 2022 season, according to NASCAR.
“I think Kyle knows he should not have used that word,” Gibbs said. “I think NASCAR’s response to it is appropriate.”
Busch, the Cup champion in 2015 and again in 2019, has two wins this season for Joe Gibbs Racing but did not qualify for Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.
“We need to do a better job of giving Kyle what it takes in a car,” Gibbs said. “Then, of course, he has to look at himself. He tries to analyze. I know Kyle does that. He gets frustrated. He’s extremely competitive. But I know that he does a good job of what can he do to do a better job next year.”
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