- Erica Blackburn
NASCAR Fines Kyle Busch After Darlington Race
NASCAR announced earlier this week that Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch has been fined $50,000 for actions following his wreck in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
According to a release from NASCAR, Busch violated Sections 12.1.a; 220.127.116.11.a; 12.8.a of the NASCAR Rule Book. His fine is for “actions detrimental to stock car racing and violating the NASCAR member conduct guidelines.”
The incident occurred on Sept. 5 after Busch slammed into the outside wall at Darlington Raceway. He destroyed the rear of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry and then headed for the hauler. He drove down pit road and then turned left to head toward the garage area, hitting a cone in the process. Several people had to quickly move out of the way, including a tire carrier with a full dolly.
“We take situations of safety very seriously,” said Scott Miller, Senior Vice President of Competition for NASCAR on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “And there [are] some internal discussions going on as we speak, honestly, on that topic. We haven’t exactly landed on and gotten everyone together that needs to get in the mix as of yet, but it was a situation that could have been bad.”
“Fortunately, nobody got hit or anything like that, and it all worked out. But putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take very seriously. So we are taking a hard look at it.”
Busch finished 35th at Darlington. It dropped the two-time NASCAR champion from fourth to
14th in the playoff standings.