The Long and Short of It
NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 on Tuesday for his actions toward the end and after Saturday nightâs Southern 500 at Darlington.
Busch was one of three people fined and one of four people placed on probation.
NASCAR put Busch on probation until July 25, citing Busch for âreckless driving on pit road during the raceââ and for being involved in an altercation with another competitor after the race.
Buschâs reckless driving on pit road was for shooting through Ryan Newmanâs pits after a stop late in the race. Newmanâs crew chief, Tony Gibson, said that his pit crew had âto jump out of the way ... and try not to get hit.â
After the race, Busch ran into Newmanâs car on pit road. Newman told SI.com that Busch said it was an accident and it happened as he was taking off his helmet.
âIâm pretty sure there were 42 other guys that are taking their helmets off and doing whatever for the last 10 years and thatâs the first time thatâs happened to me. Circumstances, I think, are that he lied and was so frustrated that he doesnât know how to deal with his anger.â
As for when Busch fired out of his pit stall late in the race, Newman told SI.com: âIâm not sure why [Busch] did it and tried to run over our guys and NASCAR officials. And nobody is. I think the chemical imbalance speaks for itself.â
Busch will be on probation for the All-Star Race, along with the Coca-Cola 600 and races at Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire. Provided he has no other issues, his probation would end before Indianapolis.
NASCAR also issued other penalties for an incident after the race between the teams.
â¢ NASCAR fined Newmanâs gas man, Andrew Rueger, $5,000 and placed him on probation until June 27 for failing to comply with a directive from a NASCAR official.
â¢ NASCAR placed Gibson on probation until June 27 since the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members.
â¢ NASCAR fined Craig Strickler, Buschâs motorcoach driver, $5,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31 for interfering with a member of the broadcast media.