NASCAR parks Busch for Cup, Nationwide races at Texas

NASCAR has banned Kyle Busch from participating in this weekend's Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway following his intentional wrecking of Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series event.

Busch retaliated against Hornaday Jr. one lap after the two wrecked. Hornaday bumped into Busch while they were battling hard for position on lap 14. The two then made contact with the wall.

During the caution, Busch chased down Hornaday and punted the 53-year-old driver hard into the wall. Hornaday wound up finishing 34th and saw his hopes of winning a record-extending fifth championship in the Truck Series come to an end.

NASCAR officials immediately parked Busch for the remainder of the truck race. He was summoned to the NASCAR hauler for a discussion with officials following the event.

Busch met with officials again prior to Saturday morning's Sprint Cup practice. He was then informed of his suspension in Saturday's 300-mile Nationwide event and Sunday's 500-mile Sprint Cup race.

Busch is one of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. He is currently seventh in the Chase standings, 57 points behind leader Carl Edwards.

Michael McDowell will drive Busch's No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Sprint Cup race.