NASCAR penalty report following the drama at Martinsville Speedway
Over the weekend, NASCAR visited the short track of Martinsville Speedway. The 0.5-mile paperclip has a history of bringing drama to the sport and the weekend added pages to the history books.
View the Martinsville penalty report following NASCAR weekend below.
In Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event, we saw Ty Gibbs wreck teammate Brandon Jones for the win on the final lap of the race. Many drivers spoke out against the move.
NASCAR recently penalized Bubba Wallace with a one-race suspension for retaliating on Kyle Larson. The sport see’s this incident different as the two drivers were racing for the win.
However, the battle for the win wasn’t the only Xfinity drama.
After the race, Myatt Snider and Austin Hill were involved in a pit lane altercation. It appears that Snider approached Hill at his car following the race.
Hill took a giant leap forward, punching Snider in the face. The video shows Snider dropping to the ground with Hill standing over the top of him.
Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race needs an entire wall in the Hall of Fame. Ross Chastain rode the wall on the final lap, passing 5 cars in the process. He set the track record with the move and transferred into the championship race.
NASCAR has stated that they are looking into an adjustment for 2022. However, wall rides will remain in the playbook for this weekend’s championship race.
NASCAR comments on the fight between Austin Hill Myatt Snider
The video of the altercation was reviewed by Wayne Auton. However, no action was taken in the penalty report.
“Also having conversations with both of the teams and drivers. In my opinion, pushing and shoving is one thing. What you saw there, crosses a line,” Steve O’Donnell told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio ahead of the penalty report.
“No matter what the circumstances are. That’s something we’re going to have to look into further. There’s drivers getting into it a little bit and that may be a little bit too far.”
NASCAR says Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones different than Bubba Wallace vs Kyle Larson
“When you’re 165mph, hooking someone into the wall for what was to us, payback, that’s very different,” NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell stated via Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“Very different than what we saw in terms of making a move, racing for a win. That’s not to say that I agree with how that was executed by any means.”
“But, we’re a contact sport. I’ve said that. There’s a fine line in terms of how far do you go in officiating?”
“A lot of tracks have things like, ‘You can’t touch the leader.’ I don’t think the fans would want us to go that route. Didn’t like what we saw Saturday, in terms of how that win came about. As far as the drivers, it’s in their hands.”
“It’s very hard to judge. That was close, for sure. But, we made the call to let that one go.”
“We meet with all the drivers after an incident. We’ll do the same thing prior to Phoenix. Whatever happens, we’ll have to make a call. The drivers will understand where we’re at in terms of what we expect on the race track and who’s racing for a championship.”
“It’s really hard to judge the incident. We have a lot of tools, such as the SMT data.”
Martinsville Penalty Report
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Car/Driver: No. 54 Ty Gibbs
Infraction Date: October 29, 2022 (Post-Race)
Infraction: Sections 10.9.10.4 – Tires and Wheels – Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Penalty: Crew chief ( Chris Gayle ) has been fined $5,000.