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May 15: NASCAR fines Kurt Busch

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
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 night’s race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

After wrecking late in the race and pitting for repairs, an upset Busch did a burnout through Ryan Newman’s neighboring pit stall, where members of Newman’s crew and a NASCAR official still stood.

After the race, Busch slammed into the back of Newman’s car on pit road and members of both drivers’ crews got into pushing and shoving match.

Additionally, Craig Strickler, Busch’s 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, Newman’s 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 Newman’s team, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until June 27 for failure to comply with a directive from a NASCAR official.

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