NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch likes to go fast ... so say the cops who nailed the 26-year-old for going 128 miles per hour in a 45 MPH zone in North Carolina earlier today.
Busch -- who goes by the nickname "Wild Thing" -- was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding. Busch was caught tearing through a street near Troutman, N.C. in a yellow Lexus LFA sports car.
According to cops, Busch was targeted by a special unit called the "Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team" of the Iredell County Sheriff's Dept.
If convicted, Busch can lose his license for up to a year and face $1,000 in fines.
FAST FACT: NASCAR drivers do not need a valid driver's license ... only a NASCAR license. So, Kyle -- currently 3rd in Sprint Cup points -- is not in jeopardy of getting yanked out of his #18 ride.