Busch, Ste­wart put on a six-race pro­ba­tion

The Covington News - - Sports -

DAY­TONA BEACH, Fla. — It be­gan with crunched fend­ers, harsh words and maybe even a punch in the face. But the fi­nal re­sult was just a slap on the wrist from NASCAR: a six-race pro­ba­tion for Tony Ste­wart and Kurt Busch.

Head­ing into Sun­day’s Day­tona 500, it’s be­gin­ning to look like NASCAR of­fi­cials were se­ri­ous when they said they will cut driv­ers some slack on their bad be­hav­ior this year.

The pun­ish­ments to Ste­wart and Busch stem from a con­fronta­tion be­tween the two for­mer se­ries cham­pi­ons, who wrecked in prac­tice last week and then car­ried it into the NASCAR of­fi­cials’ trailer.

While no­body in­volved in the in­ci­dent would con­firm that Ste­wart ac­tu­ally punched Busch dur­ing the first of their two meet­ings with of­fi­cials, as is widely be­lieved, Pem­ber­ton in­ferred that Busch’s penalty was for what hap­pened on the track and Ste­wart’s was for what hap­pened af­ter­ward.

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