“Not in the Budget”—Fans React as Kyle Busch Gets Tangled Up in NASCAR’s $750,000 Penalty Spree and Makes a Big Reveal

Published 04/09/2023, 6:13 AM EDT

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Just recently, NASCAR’s powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports faced severe penalties amounting to the north of half a million dollars. In a surprising turn of events, Kyle Busch’s Truck Series team also found themselves ensnared in NASCAR’s relentless penalty spree, receiving a points deduction. With the racing community abuzz, many speculated whether Busch would file an appeal against the imposed penalty. However, the Richard Childress Racing driver has a stunning revelation regarding the penalty for us all.

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The penalty is something that NASCAR has handed down to Truck Series teams due to Engine Oil Reservoir Tank Encasement violations. Moreover, according to a tweet by Bob Pockrass, Kyle Busch announced that Kyle Busch Motorsports would not challenge the 10-point penalty.

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Furthermore, Busch expressed his belief that their appeal would likely be unsuccessful and quipped that the team’s budget doesn’t accommodate such appeals. This was something that the fans found amusing.

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It seems that Busch has already made the decision to not appeal the penalty awarded to the #51 truck. So it is safe to assume that we would not be witnessing more drama related to upheld/overturned penalties in the Truck Series. Hendrick Motorsports has often been quite lucky with appeals, but the same does not extend to other teams. That could be one of the reasons why Busch believes there is no point in pushing for an appeal.

Upon getting to know Busch’s response, several fans took shots at NASCAR for indiscriminately handing out penalties.

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Though some were amused by Busch’s “not in the budget” statement, others pointed out that a 10-point penalty wouldn’t hurt KBM’s chances.

Although it is evident that NASCAR is trying to appear tough after the ludicrous affair involving HMS, the appeals game has become something of a lucky draw.

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One fan even asked if it cost a certain amount of money to file for appeals.

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Though NASCAR’s commitment to enforcing stringent rules and regulations is laudable, the application process has ignited disputes among the teams. We hope that, over time, rule implementation will become more transparent and equitable for all involved. For now, the atmosphere remains turbulent, and the success of appeals is far from guaranteed.

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As we watch this captivating saga unfold, we can’t help but speculate about the future of NASCAR and its teams. Will tensions subside, or will the controversies continue to escalate? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's Degree in Journalism from a top institution, Srijan has written over 1000 articles across various platforms. His passion for racing began at a young age and has only grown stronger over time.
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