Busch’s heave in the 600 costs him 50K and 25 points
DAYTONA BEACH – NASCAR announced Thursday that Kyle Busch (No. 5 Chevrolet) has been fined, penalized NEXTEL Cup points and placed on probation because of a rule infraction this past Sunday during the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Busch, 21 years old, was in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR Rule Book. He disobeyed a directive from a NASCAR official, entered the racing surface without authorization and threw an object at another competitor’s car (Casey Mears) during the event.
He has been fined $50,000, penalized 25 Driver Championship points and placed on probation until Dec. 31. The infraction also resulted in car owner Rick Hendrick being penalized 25 Owner Championship points.
For Busch, the 25 lost points dropped him one spot to tenth in the Cup points standings, behind now ninth-place Kevin Harvick.
In addition, the No. 19 Dodge team (Jeremy Mayfield) was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A, 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and Section 20-12.8.1A (roof height too low in post-race inspection).
That infraction resulted in crew chief Chris Andrews being fined $35,000, driver Jeremy Mayfield losing 25 driver points and car owner Ray Evernham losing 25 owner points.
Also, Don Richardson, crew member on Busch’s No. 5 Chevrolet team, has been fined $5,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. He violated 12-4-A, because of improper use of a NASCAR credential.