NASCAR imposes a $75,000 fine on Stenhouse, while Busch escapes penalty after post All-Star race altercation

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. looks at the car before the race

NASCAR fined Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 and suspended his father indefinitely after they were involved in a fight with Kyle Busch following the All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Busch faced no penalty for his role in the altercation during the Sunday night event.

The conflict began early in the race when the two drivers collided, leading to Busch intentionally causing Stenhouse to crash on the second lap. Stenhouse then parked his damaged car in Busch’s pit stall and engaged in a heated exchange with Busch’s crew members.

Afterward, Stenhouse left the scene but promised to return to confront Busch after the race. True to his word, he approached Busch and threw a punch, sparking a brawl involving both teams. Stenhouse’s father also joined the altercation, throwing punches despite not being affiliated with the team.

Kyle Busch gives autographs to young fans

NASCAR took action on Wednesday by suspending Stenhouse’s mechanic Clint Myrick for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for four races. Despite the altercation, Stenhouse vowed to retaliate against Busch in the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch responded to Stenhouse’s threat with a dismissive comment about their respective performance this season. Richard Childress, Busch’s car owner, warned Stenhouse against approaching Busch’s car in the upcoming race, indicating a readiness to intervene personally.

With the Coca-Cola 600 being the longest race on the Cup Series schedule, NASCAR will likely monitor the situation closely to prevent any further confrontations between the two drivers.


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