Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick Assessed Fines Out of Auto Clubby Kyle Pokrefky March 24, 2016 0 comments
Drivers Kyle Busch and Danica Patrick have been assessed fines by NASCAR for their conduct during the past race weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
Busch was fined $10,000 for his post-race conduct following Saturday’s XFINITY Series event, the TreatMyClots.com 300.
Following the finish of the race, the driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Toyota immediately made a beeline for the garage area and refused to speak to any media. Busch was to report to the media center for a post-race media availability, yet refused to do so.
Also overheard on the No. 18 team’s radio was an accusation by Busch of NASCAR fixing the race against his favor. Shortly after taking the white flag as the leader, Busch cut down a left front tire and scattering some debris yet the race finished under green.
His $10,000 fine is only for skipping his media availability and not for his radio comments.
Busch was also placed on NASCAR probation through the next four NASCAR championship points races through April 27th.
Patrick’s $20,000 fine is for approaching the racing surface outside of her car while under caution during Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
The driver of the No. 10 TaxAct Chevrolet was racing driver Kasey Kahne for position down the frontstretch on Lap 122 when the two cars made contact, sending Patrick’s car to the outside wall. As the field circled past her disabled car under caution, Patrick stepped towards the race track to gesture at Kahne as he drove past.
Her actions were in violation of a policy NASCAR implemented in 2014 following a sprint car accident that involved Tony Stewart and 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. that cost Ward Jr. his life. If a driver is involved in an accident and exits their vehicle, they are not to move towards the racing surface or a moving vehicle.
Patrick was placed on NASCAR probation through the next four Sprint Cup points races.
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