NASCAR does not penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano for Las Vegas altercation
NASCAR will not penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano or any crew member for the altercation after Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR issued its weekly penalty report Wednesday and did not have Busch, Logano or any crew member from either team on the report.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, explained the decision in a statement:
“After a full review of multiple videos and discussions with both competitors and their respective race teams, we felt Sunday’s post-race incident does not warrant any further action. NASCAR was built on the racing that took place on the final lap by two drivers battling for position. The emotions of our athletes run high, and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are two of the most passionate and competitive drivers in the sport. Both competitors are very clear on our expectations going forward and we will be meeting with them in person prior to practice on Friday in Phoenix.”
Logano and Busch were racing for fourth on the backstretch on the final lap Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch came down the track and hit Logano’s car to squeeze between Logano and Brad Keselowski’s car. Busch’s action caused Logano to enter Turn 3 at a lower entry. That led to contact, which Logano broke down on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” on Tuesday night.
After the race, Busch walked up pit road and approached Logano. Busch immediately threw a punch at Logano but Logano said he wasn’t hit. Logano went after Busch, but was pulled away from the scene, as crew members from both teams swarmed. A NASCAR security official pulled Busch, who had blood coming out of a cut on his forehead, out of the scrum.
Logano said he called Busch on Tuesday to give him his side of what happened on the track.
On Monday, NASCAR Chairman Brian France told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that “we just shouldn’t come out of our chairs over this. It is what it is. The drivers are doing everything they can. The pressure on these guys today is so difficult. So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that every once in a while somebody is going to boil over, somebody is going to think that they saw an incident in a different way, and whether it’s true or not doesn’t matter, emotions are going to get the best of them. That’s just part of it.’'