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Kurt Busch penalised for pit road incident at Darlington


Kurt BuschKurt Busch has been fined by NASCAR for a pit road incident last weekend following the conclusion of Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway.

The 2004 champion hit the back of Ryan Newman's Stewart Haas Chevy on pit road and crew members from his team and Newman's were later involved in a scuffle.

Busch had been a top-ten contender before a late spin, while Newman also spun behind him trying to avoid hitting the #51 car of Busch, but their incidents seemed unrelated to the post-race issue, which was under investigation from NASCAR.

Having reviewed the facts, the sanctioning body has issued a US $50,000 ($65,232.4 NZD) fine for Busch and has also placed him on probation until July 25.

His motorhome driver, Craig Stickler, acting as part of his crew, was fined US 5,000 ($6,523 NZD) and placed on probation until the end of the year for pushing a cameraman during the altercation between the Phoenix Racing and Stewart Haas crews.

Andrew Rueger, a crew member for Newman, was fined US $5,000 and placed on probation until June 27 for failing to obey instructions from a NASCAR official, while Tony Gibson, crew chief for the #39 car of Newman, received the same probation period due to Rueger's actions.

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