Busch, Stewart put on a six-race probation
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.