Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that series officials will review incidents involving Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick and crew chief Cole Pearn this past weekend to see if any penalties should be assessed.
Busch was upset after Saturday’s Xfinity race when NASCAR did not throw a caution for debris after his 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.’’
Section 12.8.1.b of the Sprint Cup Rule Book states that a competitor could be fined between $10,000 – $50,000 and/or placed on probation for: “Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR’s leadership.’’
Are his comments strong enough to warrant a penalty?