Kyle Busch Fails Post Race Inspection: Fine, Loss of Points and Probation Issued

David YeazellSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 11, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Earlier in the week, I wrote the following:

During the post-race inspection, NASCAR discovered a ride height violation on the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch, who finished fifth in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The car measured below tolerances on the left front side, according to NASCAR spokesperson Ramsey Poston. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced later in the week.

Today, there has been an update to Busch's ugly situation.

After review of information submitted, NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 18 team as a result of a rule infraction Sunday.

Speculation was that Busch's car did not pass inspection because of several impacts during the late stages of the Sylvania 300.

Busch, outside the top 20 for most of the race, pushed his way to a fifth place finish in the final few laps.Β 

Crew chief Steve Addington has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until December 31st. Kyle Busch and car owner Joe Gibbs have been penalized 25 championship driver and owner points, respectively. Β 

Busch, who is not one of the Chase contenders, earned 155 points and $149,523 for his fifth place finish in Sunday's race. Currently 13th in the points, Busch will remain in 13th once the 25 points are deducted. Doesn't look like the $25,000 will impact his financial position either.Β 

Joe Gibbs Racing does have the right to appeal NASCAR's decision.Β 

Source: NASCAR


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