Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BREAKING: Busch Fined $50,000 for Darlington Fracas

NASCAR has fined Kurt Busch $50,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until July 25 for his actions following Saturday night’s race at Darlington Raceway.

Busch was sanctioned for violating 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. Craig Strickler, a crewman on Busch’s No. 51 Phoenix Racing 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 Ryan Newman’s No. 39 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, gas man for  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).


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Bush can't get a break ? $50 K that's ludicrous !!

    1. You're right it's ludicrous. They should have added another zero & made it $500k. KuBu should be suspended until he can get his act together and demonstrate some respect for the sport & his competitors. MDB in VA

  2. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Once a Busch always a Busch!!!

  3. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Well, not saying I called it previously.....and Kurt, he had the big gun so he takes the brunt. But, penalties were passed around equally ($5,000 is A LOT for a crewman) and personally, I hope they all put it behind them.

    Where's my dinner? Oh, got to make it myself...

    Doug from NJ


    Thanks Dave

  4. Anonymous7:15 PM

    If that was my organization Andrew Rueger would be standing in an unemployment line. Theres no place for that behavior in a US Army sponsored team. No discipline no self control. Poor display of sportsmanship

  5. Mr. Moody, Nascar wants drama in Nascar. I don't want anyone hurt and I understand that reckless driving on pit road is bad for everyone but if drivers/crew cause drama they are fined, put on probation, drivers get fired or are parked for the weekend or am I not understanding that its the fans that want the drama. I love the racing, I don't want crashes, I loved the two car tandem, I love pack racing. My favorite is the short tracks and the super speedways. I use to not like the 1.5 cookie cutters but once I learned more about the sport and understood some of the strategy, I like those track too. I just don't get it. Thanks I love your show and all the others on sirius and you brought me back to racing after I did not watch it after 2001 for a few years.

  6. This does not suprise me one iota.

  7. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Hey Dave, have you've been able to find a clip of the supposed burnout. Sure would like to make an enformed opinion.

  8. It was an ugly scene in which many involved showed the NASCAR watching world their collective a--es. I didn't get a chance to see the pit road incident that started the melee. Just the after race aftermath. It seemed by the way it was broadcast, that Newman's guys were ticked about Kurt wrecking for 2 laps before Newman became a victim. Kurt seemed to be pretty cool on pit road as the after race scuffle was going on. I was thinking, "How is Glover letting a freaking gas man (no offense Choc) run amok like that?! Is this dude trying to lure Kurt into a kerfluffle?!" It became clear once I heard the full story. A guy that takes his helmet off as many times as they do, doesn't have a mishap where the rear wheels of the car in front are jacked off the pavement... Whoops? I don't think so. For someone whose already had an eye dotted by someone on pit road (Mr. Excitement) his actions don't let on. Maybe there's a lapse in memory. Whatever it is, its NASCAR! This is our sport. And MAN! Do we have a great sport?! I like to see the competition going on during the green flags, but these are the anti-vanilla actions that draw us in, that make the athletes human, that make half of us rejoice, and the other half wanting prison terms for the offenders. I for one, continue to remain gruntled. NEXT?!!!!!

  9. I thinks fine works but i think the time has past for his child's play and if you seat him out a season by nascar he might get the meassage

  10. it's sad what's going on but the time i think has past of just fine him when does it get worst nascar should seat him out a season that might send him a massage or not but what happens when it get too the next level and hurts someone

  11. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Maybe Spencer should have pounded him a little harder when he had the chance maybe it would have driven some smarts into his head or maybe someone should just send him flying through the air on a super speedway and get it over with.