NASCAR News: Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch Fined After Auto Club Race Weekend

NASCAR News: Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch Fined After Auto Club Race Weekend
Danica Patrick being introduced to the crowd at Talladega Superspeedway. Nascarking / Flickr CC BY-SA 4.0
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NASCAR officials have decided to impose fines on drivers Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch following the Auto Club Speedway race weekend in Fontana, California. Moreover, both of them have also been placed on probation for the next four events.


No. 10 Chevrolet driver Patrick has been fined $20,000 on Thursday for her actions following an incident during the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race. After her car made contact with the No. 5 Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne from the Hendrick Motorsports team, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver decided to walk towards a racing surface to gesture at Kahne’s passing car.

NASCAR officials said that Patrick’s action was a clear violation of the safety rules detailed in the on-track incident procedure section of the 2016 NASCAR Rule Book.

The incident happened after Patrick got out of her wrecked car and started making her way towards the waiting ambulance that would give her a mandatory ride to the NASCAR infield care center. As she did, however, her walking path deviated from the uppermost white stripe that demarcates the racing surface from the track apron.

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On the other hand, Busch received a fine of $10,000 for his failure to fulfill his post-race media obligations following the 300 XFINITY Series race at the Auto Club Speedway. Busch was forced to stop racing after his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota suffered a flat left-front tire during the final lap of the race. As he did, he climbed out of his car on the pit road and returned to the team’s hauler in the XFINITY Series garage.

Busch never spoke with the media on the pit road. Moreover, he also failed to appear in the media center for post-race interviews.

The NASCAR rulebook states that second and third place drivers are required to report to the media center for media interviews following the conclusion of the race.

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