NASCAR didn’t issue a midweek surprise in response to Kyle Busch going after Joey Logano following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas.
NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell hinted earlier in the week there would be no discipline for the involved parties and made that hint official fact when nothing related to the fracas was on the post-race penalty report. NASCAR CEO Brian France also took a strong stance against any potential retaliation by Busch. Based off France’s comments, it reasons that if Busch decides to respond — at least blatantly — that he will bear the wrath of NASCAR penalization.
“After a full review of multiple videos and discussions with both competitors and their respective race teams, we felt Sunday’s post-race incident does not warrant any further action,” O’Donnell said in a statement on NASCAR.com. “NASCAR was built on the racing that took place on the final lap by two drivers battling for position. The emotions of our athletes run high, and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are two of the most passionate and competitive drivers in the sport. Both competitors are very clear on our expectations going forward and we will be meeting with them in person prior to practice on Friday in Phoenix.”
Logano and Busch were racing for third in the final two turns of the race when Logano’s car slid up into Busch’s and caused Busch to spin down onto pit road.
No penalties for the incident seems acceptable. While it appears Busch could have made contact with Logano’s face, the driver of the No. 22 didn’t seem any worse for wear in a post-fight interview. And you can argue Busch’s punishment came when he got tackled by members of Logano’s crew and was left with a cut on his forehead.
Cole Pearn, the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., was fined $10,000 because Truex’s No. 78 didn’t have all the lug nuts tight on the wheels. Truex won Sunday’s race with a late pass of Brad Keselowski as Keselowski’s car abruptly slowed due to an apparent parts failure.
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