Kyle Busch‘s victory burnout at Kansas Speedway damaged his car’s right rear quarter panel but didn’t raise suspicions, a senior NASCAR executive told “The Morning Drive” Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The issue of winning cars damaged in burnouts became an issue last year. NASCAR’s rule book states the winner “may engage in appropriate celebratory activity” and specifically lists victory lap, burnouts and donuts as allowable. The winning car must pass post-race inspection at the track and NASCAR’s R&D Center. Busch’s car passed inspection at the track and has yet to go through inspection at the R&D Center.
Scott Miller, senior vice president of competition at NASCAR, was asked on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the damage to Busch’s car Saturday night because of the burnout.
“We really don’t like to see that happen,’’ Miller said. “There was a little bit of a rash of it last year and we kind of got that in check, and this is the first time we’ve seen it in a while. We certainly don’t like to see it. I believe that Kyle was very happy because he’s really, really struggled at that race track, and I think he just got a little overzealous there with the celebration.
“We’ve had a lot of (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars through NASCAR, so we have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing with their stuff. Not that suspicious to me.’’