Joey Logano pit lane trick causes a penalty to Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch was on fire today at Richmond International Raceway. Specifically on restarts, he was the first driver to try a 4-wide scenario, at any time. At one point he picked up 4-5 spots, in a single corner.
His fuse was likely lit early in the event. On lap 65, Kyle Busch was hit with a speeding penalty along with Dale Earnhardt Jr and Chris Buescher. It sent them all to the rear.
That caused the aggressive charge from Kyle Busch. He made it work. After all his frustrations, Kyle Busch was finally in a position to win. Good timing, as there was on 25 laps remaining in race. He found himself in the runner-up position to his newly formed arch rival, Joey Logano.
However, the field went to pit road, for one final time. This is when Joey Logano pulled a trick on Kyle Busch.
What did he did exactly? He hung his left rear on the race track, blocking Kyle’s view of the commitment cone. Waiting until the last possible inch, Joey Logano then dived onto pit road. The delay in reaction to the trailing car of Kyle Busch forced the #18 to run over the imaginary placed pit lane commitment cone.
The penalty for running over that cone, is harsh. Instead of lining up behind Joey Logano for a gloves off shootout to the finish, Kyle would basically be taken out of contention. Kyle Busch was forced to park on track and let the field go by.
Kyle Busch finished 16th today. Meanwhile, his rival, Joey Logano went on to win the race.
Needless to say, Kyle Busch wasn’t intrigued for any kind of post-race interview. He was asked about the pit violation by Fox Sports. His response was brief, “Balls and strikes.”
We can assume that he meant NASCAR got it wrong. They called him for a strike when Kyle Busch believes it to be a ball. I suppose Kyle Busch believes he didn’t hit the cone. Though, he clearly did.
Watch the trick from Joey Logano and the post-race interview videos below.
Author: Shane Walters