Danica Patrick was fined for her actions at Fontana last year. After NASCAR decided not to punish Austin Dillon for his actions in the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, Danica Patrick wishes NASCAR had previously used that monetary discretion when it comes to giving drivers consequences. Dillon used his wrecked car to pinch Cole Custer into the wall during last week’s race after contact with Custer led to Dillon’s initial incident.
Kurt Busch filed a multimillion-dollar countersuit Friday in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Michigan against Sports Management Network, which sued the NASCAR driver for $1.4 million. Busch, who is demanding a jury trial in the counterclaim lawsuit, alleges that the sports management company and its law firm “improperly advantaged themselves” along with the interests of clients Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. The countersuit states that Busch wasn’t made aware of such conflicts and wasn’t advised to seek independent counsel. Busch and SMN entered into a representation contract in 2005 that was extended Aug. 11, 2010 while Busch was driving for Penske (he previously was with Roush Fenway Racing).
It was a good news/bad news situation for Chase Elliott in Saturday’s final NASCAR Cup practice session at Auto Club Speedway. The good news for the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was he was fastest in the final practice with a speed of 187.480 mph. The bad news, though, was after his fast lap Elliott hit the wall and damaged the right side of his car, cutting his practice session short by about 25 minutes. “We had a bar come unattached on the left,” Elliott told Fox Sports 1. “We don’t really know why it did. It was nothing fancy that we were doing. I don’t know if the roughness of the racetrack bounced it loose or something like that.” Still, it gave Elliott a good baseline