May 15: NASCAR fines Kurt Busch
Tuesday, May. 15, 2012
Kurt Busch had one costly burnout.
NASCAR on Tuesday fined Busch $50,000 and placed the Sprint Cup Series driver on probation until July 25 for his actions during and after Saturday nights race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
After wrecking late in the race and pitting for repairs, an upset Busch did a burnout through Ryan Newmans neighboring pit stall, where members of Newmans crew and a NASCAR official still stood.
After the race, Busch slammed into the back of Newmans car on pit road and members of both drivers crews got into pushing and shoving match.
Additionally, Craig Strickler, Buschs motorcoach driver, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for interfering with a member of the broadcast media. Strickler shoved a cameraman on pit road.
Tony Gibson, Newmans crew chief was placed on probation until June 27 as a crew chief is held responsible for members of his crew.
Andrew Rueger, the gasman for Newmans team, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until June 27 for failure to comply with a directive from a NASCAR official.