NASCAR has issued fines and probations to Kurt Busch, one of his crew members, and personnel for Ryan Newman's team following their altercation at the conclusion of last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Darlington.
NASCAR fined Busch $50,000 and placed him on probation until July 25. Kurt Busch was found to have violated Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; reckless driving on pit road during the race; involved in an altercation with another competitor after the completion of the race) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
Additionally, Craig Strickler, a crew member for Busch's No. 51 team, has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; interfering with a member of the broadcast media).
Tony Gibson, crew chief for the No. 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has been placed on probation until June 27 for violating Section 12-1 and Sections 12-4G and 9-4A (Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members). Andrew Rueger, a crew member for the No. 39 team, has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 27.
The scuffle took place after Kurt Busch hit the back of Ryan Newman's car on pit road once the race had finished. Crew members from both teams were then involved in a shoving incident, where a NASCAR official trying to split two crew members ended up lying on the hood of the No. 51 car of Busch.