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Wallace apologizes for calling Kyle Busch 'dumbass'  
Kyle Busch
ESPN officials say that analyst Rusty Wallace will not be suspended for a derogatory comment he made in reference to Kyle Busch that was aired following Friday night’s Nationwide Series telecast from Chicagoland Speedway.

At the end of Busch’s victory lane interview, in which the Joe Gibbs Racing driver commented on negative fan reaction following his win, Wallace was heard to say “Dumbass.”

On Monday, Wallace issued a statement through ESPN apologizing for the remark.

“At the end of Friday night’s telecast, I made an unfortunate remark regarding Kyle Busch,” Wallace said. “There’s no excuse and I certainly know better. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone, including Kyle, for my mistake."

“ESPN has spoken to Rusty and he understands his remarks were uncalled for,” ESPN said in its statement.

In addition to his work with ESPN, Wallace, the 1989 NASCAR Cup champion, owns Rusty Wallace Inc., which fields cars in the Nationwide Series for his son, Steve Wallace, and driver Brendan Gaughan. Scenedaily.com

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