NASCAR will review Kyle Busch’s in-car radio comments and Cole Pearn’s tweet for possible penalties this week, Steve O’Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday.
Busch was upset after Saturday’s Xfinity race when NASCAR did not throw a caution for debris after Busch’s right-front tire failed on the last lap while leading. Austin Dillon passed Busch on the last corner to win. Busch finished second.
Fox Sports 1 played Busch’s radio communications after the race. Busch said: “Debris all over the race track and they don’t throw a yellow. I’m just so pleased with you, NASCAR. Thanks. You all are awesome. Fixing races.’’
The Sprint Cup Rule Book states that a competitor can be fined between $10,000 – $50,000 and/or placed on probation for: “Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR’s leadership.’’
Busch also faces a potential penalty for not reporting to the media center as the runner-up is required to do so unless excused.
“Little disappointed, sure, in terms of the postrace comments and certainly the media obligations,’’ O’Donnell said of Busch. “We’ll review everything.’’
Pearn, suspended one race this season for a roof-flap violation and on probation through Dec. 31, posted a derogatory tweet directed toward Joey Logano after Sunday’s race. Pearn blamed Logano for causing Martin Truex Jr. to hit the wall as the drivers battled for fourth with about 50 laps left. Truex finished 32nd.
Pearn issued an apology a couple of hours later.
O’Donnell took notice of Pearn’s tweet about Logano.
“We certainly want to be liberal in terms of allowing drivers and competitors to express their opinions, but there’s absolutely a line,’’ O’Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I saw that as well. That’s another one we’ll have to take a look at. There was an apology sent, which I thought was necessary.’’
O’Donnell also said that NASCAR would look at Patrick walking toward the track after Kasey Kahne hit her car and caused her to crash. NASCAR prohibits drivers from approaching the track during an event.
“Rules are in place to keep the drivers safe and we want to just review everything that took place there and see if there is anything we need to react to this week,’’ O’Donnell said.