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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Kyle Busch fight fallout: How will NASCAR handle punishment?



Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Kyle Busch fight fallout: How will NASCAR handle punishment?

NASCAR loves to indicate fights in its spotlight packages that display the emotion its opponents have after they really feel wronged.

However NASCAR additionally should steadiness wanting the spotlight in addition to ensuring the game would not turn into a weekly free-for-all.

So the place will it land within the Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Kyle Busch incident?

Punches thrown between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch after All-Star Race

Punches thrown between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch after All-Star Race

NASCAR’s code of conduct guidelines state {that a} advantageous or suspension could be issued for “Member-to-Member confrontation(s) with bodily violence (e.g. putting one other Competitor) and different violent manifestations resembling vital risk(s) and/or abuse and/or endangerment.”

If that is comparatively imprecise, it is on function. NASCAR usually provides drivers extra leniency than non-drivers.

Final 12 months within the truck collection, NASCAR fined Matt Crafton $25,000 for punching Nick Sanchez within the storage properly after the race at Talladega. and suspended Sanchez’s father for the ultimate two 2023 races for getting concerned.

Utilizing that as precedent, count on a suspension to Stenhouse’s father, who acquired in the course of the fray on Sunday evening and was tussling with Busch. That is perhaps the one suspension except NASCAR determines any crew members threw a punch.

The more durable name for NASCAR might be whether or not to penalize Stenhouse Jr., who had about 80 minutes from the time Busch crashed him out on the second lap of the NASCAR All-Star Race to when he met Busch at his hauler following the occasion.

Stenhouse, twice in post-crash interviews, had telegraphed issues may get bodily.

He stated on the FOX telecast that “perhaps Richard would maintain my watch after the race.” That may be a reference to a 2011 incident the place workforce proprietor Richard Childress gave his son, Austin, his watch earlier than going over and decking Busch properly after a truck race. Busch now drives for Childress.

Then in his post-crash media session with non-broadcast companions, he stated he would deal with it after the race. When FOX Sports activities requested him how he would deal with it, he quipped: “You possibly can simply watch afterwards.”

Usually, Stenhouse would have left the observe after being crashed out, however the North Wilkesboro Speedway doesn’t have a tunnel nor a bridge for folks to go away the infield throughout an occasion. So he was going to have to attend till it was over.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vs. Kyle Busch at North Wilkesboro | Quick Ideas with Bob Pockrass

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vs. Kyle Busch at North Wilkesboro | Fast Thoughts with Bob Pockrass

“Being caught in right here positively would not assist the frustration,” Stenhouse stated after the struggle. “If there was a tunnel, I might have most likely been residence watching the tip of that, however right here we’re.”

Stenhouse was ready at Busch’s hauler after the race ended, that they had a quick dialogue after which Stenhouse threw a proper hook. Stenhouse was finally tackled by a Busch crew member and a NASCAR safety officer. Busch was pushed towards his hauler, grabbed by Stenhouse’s father and tussled with him earlier than they had been pulled aside. Crew members had been in every single place amid the pushing and shoving.

“He hit the fence and form of got here off the wall and bumped into me, and after I was speaking to him he stored saying that I wrecked him,” Stenhouse stated about their dialog. “Simply positively built-up frustration with how he runs his mouth on a regular basis about myself.”

NASCAR usually would not advantageous a driver who has simply gotten out of the automotive. Ross Chastain and Austin Hill are amongst those that have thrown punches on pit street and never been penalized within the final couple of years.

If NASCAR fines Stenhouse, it could possibly be greater than it fined Crafton as a result of this occurred in a Cup Sequence occasion quite than the vans, the place the purse cash for a race end is considerably much less.

NASCAR usually broadcasts penalties on Tuesdays however may wait till Wednesday this week as a result of its 2025 NASCAR Corridor of Fame class voting and announcement is Tuesday, so it would not need to overshadow that and a few of those that make the choices on penalties are a part of the voting panel.

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports activities. He has spent many years masking motorsports, together with over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene journal and The (Daytona Seaside) Information-Journal. Observe him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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