NASCAR is considering the addition of extra penalties for Kurt Busch because he ignored officials at the Talladega Superspeedway. Busch, who ran out of gas and was involved in a wreck during the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, drove away from safety officials. Busch claims he could not hear their screams for him to stop because he was not wearing his helmet. NASCAR decided to park him for the rest of the Talladega race, but the organization is rumored to be thinking of extra penalties for the driver.
Kurt Busch Ruins His Final Race with Phoenix Racing
The Oct. 7 race at Talladega Superspeedway was Kurt Busch's final race with Phoenix Racing, but he experienced several problems. On his radio, Busch asked his crew, "I am out of fuel[,] and I got wrecked. Why am I out of gas?" The driver left the car and removed his helmet while safety workers examined the wreck. However, it seems that Busch decided the damage was not severe enough for him to stop racing and climbed back into the car. He explained his decision, "That's the competitor in me; that's the desire that I have, and that's what gets misconstrued, all the time."
Unfortunately, Kurt Busch drove away, without his helmet, while safety officials were not finished with his car. Since he disobeyed a direct order to stop from NASCAR, he was parked for the rest of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 and ended up in 39th place. Busch will be a part of Furniture Row Racing after this race and will finish the season with a new team.
Kurt Busch is still under probation from a June incident that involved a reporter at Dover. It is not clear how NASCAR plans to penalize the driver for the latest issue, but the organization is rumored to be considering several options that include fines. After the race, Busch accurately summarized the problem, "Now I'm in worse trouble. This is the story of my life." Since NASCAR has been emphasizing safety this year, the consequences of his actions at Talladega could be severe.
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