Kyle Busch Fined Big Bucks After Darlington Race

Published 09/08/2021, 9:33 AM EDT
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


In NASCAR, Kyle Busch is regarded as one of the most hot-headed drivers on the grid. However, at the Darlington Raceway, he performed one of the most bone-headed and idiotic acts ever seen in NASCAR. After a collision with Austin Dillon, he drove back to the garage to retire and nearly ran over a few people.

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Obviously, the NASCAR officials investigated the incident and cracked down on him. Senior Vice President of Competition, Scott Miller said, “We take situations of safety very seriously. There is some internal discussions going on as we speak on that very topic. We haven’t exactly landed on and got everyone together. It was a situation that could have been bad, fortunately nobody got hit.”

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Having said all that, Miller insisted that the sport does not tolerate putting people in harm’s way for no reason. However, he admitted that there will be no points penalty. Instead, the governing body opted to take a different route for Busch’s punishment.

What punishment is Kyle Busch facing?

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Following the inquiry, the officials decided to hand Kyle Busch a $50,000 fine. According to the weekly penalty report, the #18 driver was guilty of actions detrimental to stock car racing and a safety violation. Furthermore, he breached the code of conduct guidelines under Sections 12.1.a, 12.5.2.5.a, and 12.8.a in the NASCAR rule book.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) waits for the restart of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The first rule is concerned with violations that compromise the safety of an event. In other words, it refers to actions that pose a dangerous risk to the safety of competitors, officials, spectators, or others.

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In all honesty, the driver may have been fuming after the contact and subsequent retirement. However, no amount of ‘red mist’ moments excuses putting the lives of people in danger, in a fit of rage. Kyle Busch was lucky to escape getting a suspension or, in the worst-case scenario, a race ban.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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