NASCAR has fined Cup driver Kyle Busch $50,000 for a safety violation that took place during Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 race at Darlington.
The penalty stems from an incident in which Busch drove his No. 18 Toyota at an excessive speed into the garage area, hitting multiple cones and sending people near the entryway scattering. Busch drove his car into the area after crashing out of the race early in the second stage. His exit came after Austin Dillon made contact with his car to send him into the wall.
“Wasn’t the 3’s (Dillon’s) fault,” a frustrated Busch said on NBCSN. “We will just take our lumps. We were running like (crap) and that is what you get when you run like (crap).”
NASCAR cited sections 12.1.a; 18.104.22.168.a; 12.8.a in its penalty report, which touch on member conduct guidelines around safety.
Section 22.214.171.124.a of the NASCAR rulebook states that “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. Safety violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.”
NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller addressed the situation on NASCAR SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday saying, “It was a situation that could have been bad.”
“Fortunately, nobody got hit or anything like that. It all worked out, but putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take seriously,” Miller said.
Busch finished the race 35th (of 37) and is ranked below the 12-driver cutoff to advance to the next round of playoffs on points heading to Saturday’s race at Richmond.©2021 The Charlotte Observer. Visit charlotteobserver.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.