The driver nearly hit people walking in the garage area after the crash at Darlington Raceway
NASCAR visited Darlington Raceway on Sunday night. The race opened the NASCAR Playoffs and saw many favorites suffer issues throughout the endurance event.
Read the NASCAR rulebook regarding Kyle Busch’s violation below.
Kyle Busch was one of those that suffered. He was clipped by Austin Dillon after Dillon missed the bottom in turn two. Busch was clipped in the left rear and sent into the wall.
The rear deck lid was knocked off in the impact. Immediately, Busch knew his day was done as he drove it right to the garage, in rage.
As Busch cruised down the pit lane he then abruptly turned into the garage area. He went through a collection of cones in the process.
NASCAR members and officials were walking in the area. Due to the sharp turn, they were surprised the car of Busch flew into the scene.
Busch abruptly jumped on the brakes but nobody was injured or even hit.
Busch continued to drive to his hauler. Officials surrounded the machine and attempted to transport Busch to the infield medical center, per the rules. However, Busch instead walked into his hauler with his helmet on.
Moments later, Busch exited the hauler in street clothes. He was quickly escorted to the medical center on a golf cart where he was soon checked and released.
NASCAR penalty for Kyle Busch; $50,000 NASCAR fine
NASCAR reviews everything on the Monday after the event. On Tuesday, they have finalized and issued a penalty to Kyle Busch.
The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car has been fined $50,000.
Kyle Busch was found in violation of sections 12.1.a; 220.127.116.11.a; 12.8.a of the ANSCAR rule book.
12.1.a: “Actions detrimental to stock car racing.”
18.104.22.168.a: “”Any violations deemed to compromise the safety of an Event or otherwise pose a dangerous risk to the safety of Competitors, Officials, spectators, or others are treated with the highest degree of seriousness. Safety violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.”
12.8.a: “NASCAR membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities and obligations. Correct and proper conduct, both on and off the race track, is part of a Member’s responsibilities. A Member’s actions can reflect upon the sport as a whole and on other NASCAR Members.”
12.8.a (Continued): “Ideally, NASCAR Members are role models for the many fans who follow this sport, regardless of the type of license a Member may hold, or the specific Series in which a Member may participate. Therefore, NASCAR views a Member’s conduct, both on and off the race track, which might constitute a behavioral Rules violation under this Rule Book with great importance.”
NASCAR commented yesterday, hinting at a penalty for Kyle Busch
On Monday, NASCAR hinted that a possible penalty was possible.
“It was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately nobody got hit or anything like that,” Scott Miller said. “It all worked out, but putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take seriously.”
Ky Busch is currently competing in the NASCAR playoffs. The penalty does not include a docking of any points.
Previous incident; Hitting the pace car
Back in July, Kyle Busch was leading as rain fell abruptly at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It caused Busch and several other drivers to spin.
In frustration, Busch found the pace car under the caution. He proceeded to push on the rear bumper of the car and even bend it.
Following the incident at NHMS, NASCAR stated they would review the situation. In that case, they elected not to penalize the driver.
Today’s fine of $50,000 is one the higher fines in recent history. No other penalties have been announced following the race weekend.
The 36-year-old driver is a two time NASCAR Cup Series champion. He last championship came in 2019. He’s collected 59 wins in the Cup Series alone.
Busch hasn’t commented since Sunday’s race.