Kyle Busch will be required to complete sensitivity training prior to the start of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, NASCAR says, after the two-time champion used a derogatory slur in an interview following Sunday’s Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
The sanctioning body released the following statement on the matter Monday, saying: “Kyle Busch will be required to complete sensitivity training before the start of the 2022 season as a result of the language used during a post-race interview that is in violation of NASCAR’s conduct guidelines.”
While speaking with members of the media on pit road, Busch used the ‘r-word’ when referring to late-race frustrations that were boiling between himself and fellow playoff contender, Brad Keselowski. The use of the slur came just seconds before Busch said he “should beat the shit out of” Keselowski.
You can watch the full interview, and read more about Busch’s post-race frustrations, here:
Hours after footage of the interview was passed around various social media channels, Busch issued an apology via social media, saying: “In one of my post-race interviews I used a work I should never use and I want to apologize for it.”
In one of my post-race interviews I used a word I should never use and I want to apologize for it.
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) November 1, 2021