Kyle Busch could be handed a penalty as NASCAR takes the incident at Darlington Raceway very ‘serious’
On Sunday, NASCAR opened the Playoffs in Darlington, South Carolina. The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway saw a lot of drama for those Playoff drivers.
Kyle Busch was turned by Austin Dillon early in the event. Busch knocked the wall with the right rear and drove it straight to the garage, ending his race.
Noticeably frustrated, Busch cruised down the pit lane and turned into the garage area. In doing so, he ran right through five cones and nearly ran over crew members crossing the garage entry point.
Those cones are there to prevent that very scenario. It keeps cars from just turning into the break in the pit wall and making it a blind corner. The cones are designed to make the cars swing wide into the garage and give people time to see the car coming.
Instead, Busch had to jump on the brakes after going through the cones. Crew members were pushing carts with tires and wheels at the time Busch entered the area wildly.
The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No 18 stated, “We were running like shit and got wrecked, so that’s what you get when you run like shit. It just shouldn’t be there.”
Kyle Busch is one of the Playoff drivers. And a penalty could be coming his way…
NASCAR comments on Kyle Busch
NASCAR has addressed the incident at Darlington:
“We take the situation of safety, very seriously,” NASCAR VP Scott Miller told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“There is some internal discussions going on, as we speak, honestly on that very topic. We haven’t exactly gotten everyone together that needs to get in the mix on that.”
“It was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately, nobody got hit. It all worked out.”
“But, putting people in harms way for no reason is something we take very seriously. So, we’re taking a hard look at it.”
“In our history of what we’ve done, it’s always been a behavioral thing. There hasn’t ever been points associated with those. I wouldn’t look for us to react with a points penalty or anything like that.”
The weekly NASCAR penalty report is generally released on Tuesday or Wednesday.