A skirmish between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano left Busch with a cut on his forehead following Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch and Logano made contact racing to the finish of the Kobalt 400, resulting in Busch spinning off Turn 4 and down pit road. Unhappy with what transpired, Busch waited for Logano to circle around and park on pit road where he then sought him out and threw a punch at Logano before being wrestled down by crew members for Logano’s No. 22 team. It was inclusive whether Busch connected with the punch.
NASCAR officials quickly intervened to break the fracas up, with one official forcefully lifting Busch up and removing him from the scene.
Despite this, neither Kyle Busch nor Joey Logano is likely to face discipline over their roles in the fight following Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said Monday on SirusXM NASCAR Radio.
“We’ve always said that we’ve got to take everything and make sure we look at all the video,” O’Donnell told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I would say from our initial assessment last night in looking at what happened, as far as on track, I don’t think we saw anything that was intentional by any means. We’ll continue to review that. We’ve got to have discussions with both drivers. We talked to some folks postrace as well.”
NASCAR’s stance on drivers fighting has softened in recent years.
NASCAR’s preference is that if two drivers have issue with one another, their teams allow them to resolve it how they best see fit and crew members do not interject or escalate the proceedings. But if an altercation does become physical between drivers, it is acceptable for crew members to intercede and break up the fracas.
“What our position has been, we want to leave it in the drivers’ hands,” O’Donnell said. “What we don’t want to see, and the drivers have asked for this, which is very fair, is a crew member initially approaching a driver or initiating some type of altercation with a driver.
“Just early review of this (incident). This was two drivers with crew members kind of stepping back, and once something happens, a crew is taught, which I think is right, that if someone comes up in your pit box and attacks your guy, you have the right to try to break that up or bring it to a stop. That was the initial review that we saw from the crew members. Again, there is still other video out there that we’ve got to look at. When we talked postrace to the race team, that kind of confirmed what we had seen.”
If after its review is concluded and NASCAR determines those involved deserve punishment, any penalties would be announced on either Tuesday or Wednesday.