Kyle Busch fined by NASCAR after crash at Darlington

NASCAR announced Tuesday that Kyle Busch has been fined for his actions after a mid-race wreck in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR said Busch violated Sections 12.1.a;; 12.8.a of the NASCAR rulebook and was fined $50,000 for a safety violation, actions detrimental to stock car racing and violating the NASCAR member conduct guidelines.

Busch’s Toyota crashed into the outside retaining wall in Turn 2 after Lap 125 contact from the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon. Busch drove away with heavy damage but parked in the garage to end his race. While pulling into the garage area, Busch ran over several orange safety cones at a high rate of speed in the vicinity of spectators.

After Busch was forced to go to the infield medical center he commented on the incident.

“It wasn’t the 3’s fault. We’ll just take our lumps,” Busch said. “We were running like shit and we got wrecked, so that’s what you get when you run like shit.”

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller talked with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Tuesday morning about Busch’s behavior.

“It was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately, nobody got hit or anything like that,” Miller said. “It all worked out but putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take seriously.”

Greg Engle