UPDATE Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — 4:50 PM ET
NASCAR has decided on the penalties for Kyle Busch’s unsafe entrance to the garage area following a crash in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Busch will be fined $50,000.
According to NASCAR, Busch violated sections 12.1.a; 184.108.40.206.a; 12.8.a of the NASCAR rulebook.
Section 220.127.116.11.a of the rulebook reads: “Safety is a top priority for NASCAR and NEM. Therefore, 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.”
Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was frustrating for a myriad of reasons for two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. He entered the night fourth in the Playoff standings, but after crashing out of the event, he now finds himself two points below the cut line with two races left in the Round of 16 in the Playoffs.
But Busch may now be facing penalties stemming from his actions following the crash on Sunday night.
On his way to the garage area, Busch sped through a coned off pit wall exit toward the garage area. He mowed down a cone and nearly clipped fans and crew members who were walking through the area.
Should Kyle Busch be called to the NASCAR hauler for this? pic.twitter.com/uONT02RugP
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2021
On Tuesday, Scott Miller NASCAR’s Executive Vice President of Competition, address the issue on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, and he didn’t mince words in saying the sanctioning body did not like what they saw.
“We take the situation of safety, very seriously,” Miller stated.
Miller says there are talks about what, if any penalties will be levied at Busch for the unsafe exit from the track on Sunday, but that no determination has been made yet.
“There are some internal discussions going on as we speak honestly on that very topic,” Miller admitted. “We haven’t exactly landed on and got everyone together that needs to get in the mix as of yet on that. But it was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately, nobody got hit or anything like that. It all worked out.”
Sure, things worked out, but Miller reiterated that the sanctioning body is taking a good, long look at what Busch did on his way to the garage after his disappointing exit from Sunday’s race. They owe it to the people who expect to be in a safe environment at the racetrack each and every week.
“But putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something that we take very seriously. So, we’re taking a hard look at it,” Miller explained.
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) September 7, 2021
Following the incident on his path to the garage, Busch gave a very salty interview after coming from the infield care center. Busch twice described his car as running, “like shit,” leading up to the crash.
Busch has had a long history of letting his temper get the best of him over the years. While he had calmed some in recent years, the old Kyle Busch attitude has started to creep back up in 2021. In fact, earlier this season, Busch slammed into the pace car after crashing early in the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR officials failed to display the yellow flag in time, while rain was hitting the track. The damp conditions caused Busch to spin from the lead that day.
Busch was not penalized for the pace car incident earlier in the season.
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