TROUTMAN, N.C. -- After being clocked going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's best defense may simply be to beg for mercy from the judge, according to a local traffic attorney.
According to the traffic citation obtained by NewsChannel 36, the 26-year-old driver was caught on radar at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday.
Attorney Seth Johnson says it's incredibly difficult to argue your case in front of a judge if an officer catches you speeding on radar.
It doesn t sound like he would have an actual legal defense if he was caught on radar, explained Johnson. Radar is kind of tough to beat. I mean it has to be calibrated and officers have to be trained to detect for speeding violations.
Johnson said Busch's best defense would be the beg for mercy defense.
According to the traffic citation, Busch is charged with both speeding and careless operation of a motor vehicle. Because he was traveling so fast, he could lose his license for up to a year.
DMVcan suspend [his] license. That would be an automatic revocation if he's convicted of that speed, said Johnson.
Busch's court date is set for June 20. Johnson says he doesn't have to appear in person in court. Rather, he can simply send his attorney.
Busch was driving a 2012 Lexus LFA sportscar, which was loaned to him by the company. In the officer notes section of the traffic ticket, the sergeant writes that Busch told him the car was just a toy.
Busch released a statement about the speeding ticket saying:
[Yesterday]I received a traffic citation in Iredell County. I was test driving a new sports car and I got carried away. I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgment. I take responsibility for my actions and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again. I thank the Iredell County Sheriff's Department and all law enforcement for the hard work they do every day to protect the public and to enforce the laws in a fair and equitable manner.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Charlotte Observer the speeding ticket does not violate the probation Busch received from the sanctioning body for a pit road altercation at Darlington, S.C., this month.
This is a matter that Kyle will have to handle with the authorities in Iredell County, Tharp said. Based on what we know right now, this would not impact his status as a NASCAR driver.
If Busch lost his license it would not affect his NASCAR career. According to the Charlotte Observer, competitors in NASCAR need a license from the organization but not a state driver's license to compete.