NASCAR: Kyle Busch Handed Massive Fine for Apparently Running Over Traffic Cones

by Chris Haney
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Following Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR announced Tuesday that driver Kyle Busch will be fined and penalized for his actions after a wreck during the race.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver violated Sections 12.1.a;; 12.8.a, according to the NASCAR Rule Book. The stock car association fined Busch $50,000 for running over multiple orange cones as he pulled into the garage area. NASCAR deemed his actions a safety violation. They said his actions were detrimental to stock car racing, which violated the NASCAR member conduct guidelines.

After Lap 125, driver Austin Dillon made contact with Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Camry. Subsequently, Busch’s car rammed into the outside retaining wall in Turn 2. The stock car took significant damage, which ended his day early. As Busch drove to the garage, he sped over orange cones while near spectators. NASCAR didn’t take his actions out of frustration lightly. Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, spoke with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio earlier this morning about the driver’s behavior.

“It was a situation that could have been bad. Fortunately nobody got hit or anything like that,” Miller explained. “It all worked out, but putting people in harm’s way for no reason is something we take seriously.”

NASCAR Driver Denny Shares One-Word Response to Darlington Victory

As the checkered flag was waved on Sunday, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin celebrated by taking a victory lap. In addition, he was still on cloud nine during the early hours of Monday morning when he posted about his huge win.

The No. 11 Offerpad Toyota driver took home the trophy from Darlington, South Carolina. In a hard fought final 10 laps, Hamlin held off Kyle Larson to win the NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It’s Hamlin and his team’s only first-place finish of the 2021 season to date. But it came at the perfect time. Following the trip to victory lane, Hamlin will advance to the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 12.

Hamlin and his crew earned their ticket on Sunday to the next round of the playoffs. Yet other drivers are now left on the outside looking in trying to make it into the playoff hunt. NASCAR drivers Alex BowmanMichael McDowellKyle Busch, and William Byron will look to earn their place this weekend.

The second of three Round of 16 races will commence on Saturday at Richmond. However, after finishing near the top in several races without any wins, Hamlin’s team is back on track after Sunday’s performance.

“It was a matter of time,” Denny Hamlin said of his team’s Darlington victory. “We can’t just keep leading with 10 laps to go every week and not get a win.”

The NASCAR driver knows his team came close numerous times this season. The win on Sunday is overdue by Hamlin’s standards, and he said as much in a brief Twitter post. He wrote, “Finally. #TeamToyota,” alongside two pictures of him hugging his enormous Darlington trophy.