Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Ty Gibbs Fined $15,000 for Post-Race Actions at Martinsville

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Following Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR has announced that Ty Gibbs will be fined $15,000 for violating three different sections of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rule Book.

Gibbs, who runs full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, was involved in a last-lap incident at Martinsville Speedway, which led the 19-year-old to show his displeasure with Sam Mayer following the event.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver intentionally ran into Mayer’s machine multiple times on the cool-down lap and continued to do so as the pair came down pit road. After both drivers exited their cars, a brawl then broke out on the pit road.

Gibbs’ penalty stems not from the brawl, but rather the contact with another vehicle while on pit road.

RELATED: Video: Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer Involved in Major Brawl on Pit Road

As a result of his actions, NASCAR says that Gibbs violated Sections 4.3.A, 4.3.E, and 8.8.8 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rule Book, which will result in a total fine of $15,000. The three relevant sections of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rule Book are quoted at the bottom of this story.

Section 4.3.A: NASCAR Membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities, and obligations. Correct and proper conduct, both on and off the racetrack, is part of a Member’s responsibilities. A Member’s actions can reflect upon the sport as a whole and on other NASCAR Members. 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 racetrack, which might constitute a behavioral Rules violation under this Rule Book with great importance.

Section 4.3.E: NASCAR Members shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.

Section 8.8.8.K: A safety violation may be imposed for any action or omission by a Competitor or vehicle that creates an unsafe environment or poses a threat to the safety of the Competitors, as determined by NASCAR.

Note: Contact with another vehicle on pit road after the race.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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