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NASCAR issues penalties in wake of Darlington altercations

By admin | May 15, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2012) – NASCAR has fined Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 51 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, $50,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until July 25 for his actions during the May 12 race at Darlington Raceway.

Kurt Busch violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; reckless driving on pit road during the race; involved in an altercation with another competitor after the completion of the race) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Additionally, Craig Strickler, a crew member for the No. 51 team, has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; interfering with a member of the broadcast media).

Tony Gibson, crew chief for the No. 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has been placed on NASCAR probation until June 27 for violating Section 12-1 and Sections 12-4G and 9-4A (Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members). Andrew Rueger, a crew member for the No. 39 team, has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 27 for violating Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; failure to comply with a directive from a NASCAR official). Both of these violations occurred post-race.

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3 Responses to “NASCAR issues penalties in wake of Darlington altercations”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 16th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Duh, I was happier with Kurt Busch Suspended.

  2. zhills fan Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I thought that Finch made a statement that if Busch got into any trouble while driving for him that he would be immediately fired.

  3. Sue Rarick Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I just wonder how many people wishing Kurt gets fired and or punished would be willing to apply the same standards to their job i.e. If they talk badly about a fellow employee they should be fired for actions detrimental to their company. Or at least heavily fined and suspended without pay. If they go on the Internet during work hours they should be fired for actions detrimental to their company. Or at least heavily fined and suspended without pay.

    While I actually don’t like Kurt Busch I sympathize with him. Before I retired I was a total pain in the butt. I even had a double or nothing bet on my pay raise with the president of the company I worked for (I won). And since I retired from marine engineering and went back to music I am still a pain. I tell possible clients if they want low dynamics go someplace else and stop wasting my time.

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