Busch dodges fine for criticizing rules package
Kyle Busch was not surprised he dodged a fine from NASCAR for ranting about its current rules package.
Busch’s expletive-riddled assessment after Monday’s rain-postponed race in Delaware in years past likely would have drawn a hefty fine. But, NASCAR let Busch’s criticism go this week, and he said Wednesday during a promotion for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he did not expect a fine.
“I’m not sure I said anything wrong,” Busch said. “I just spoke my opinion. Everybody has got an opinion.”
Tony Stewart in 2016 was the last driver fined for criticizing NASCAR when he was penalized $35,000 for questioning safety over missing lug nuts. For years, NASCAR secretly issued fines for criticism under the “conduct detrimental to NASCAR” policy, but became more transparent over the last decade.
Busch said he had a good discussion with NASCAR head of racing development Steve O’Donnell since airing his complaints.
“We’re all trying to make everything better for everyone as a collective industry,” Busch said. “There are certain vote-getters that get their wish more than others. And it’s frustrating at times and for us drivers that, you know, we tend to voice our opinions whether it’s with the owners or whether it’s with NASCAR. We don’t seem to get very far. So that’s where it becomes most frustrating at times.”
Busch finished 10th at Dover while teammate Martin Truex Jr. drove from the back of the field to victory. With 750 horsepower and more downforce, the rules package is designed to increase sideby-side racing and manufacture competition.
Drivers have complained passing has become too difficult, while fans have pointed to the lack of cautions through 11 races and a general letdown because of all the hype surrounding the new rules.
After the Dover race, Busch blasted the package while complaining NASCAR does not care about his input. Kevin Harvick echoed that sentiment Wednesday during his weekly Happy Hours show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.