No additional penalties will be assessed following the incident Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway involving Kurt Busch, NASCAR officials have announced.
Busch was parked for the remainder of the race after he failed to hear a NASCAR directive to stop his vehicle following a lap 99 crash. He had taken his helmet off and wasn't in communication with his spotter. Busch was then summoned to the series hauler to explain his actions.
"He made an effort to get back in the car and get back in the garage, and we felt like it put some of our folks in harm's way, and we just talked to him about that," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vp for competition.
Busch was leading just past the halfway mark of the race when his car ran out of gas on the backstretch and slowed suddenly. He was tapped from behind by Jamie McMurray, spun and hit the infield retaining wall. Safety crews attending to the car were surprised when Busch restarted the engine and drove off, with one of the EMT kits still sitting on the trunk of the car.
"I jumped back in, and I remembered with these engines, they'll run with 20 percent fuel pressure to get it back to the garage," Busch explained. "So I jumped back in. That's the competitor in me, that's the desire that I have, and that's what gets misconstrued all the time. And this is the way my life works. This is a perfect example – I'm leading, I run out of gas, I wreck.
"And still that competitive guy wants to get back in the race, and now NASCAR's yelling at me because I don't have my helmet on, and I'm trying to get it to the garage so the guys can work on it. Now I'm in trouble, now I've got this little storm right here."
Busch was credited with a 39th-place run in his final start with Phoenix Racing. He's expected to finish this season in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, starting this weekend at Charlotte.