McMurray fined, place on probation

NASCAR racer Jamie McMurray has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until August 31st after an incident at Bristol Motor Speedway with defending series champion Matt Kenseth. The fine falls under the violation of 12-4-A in the NASCAR rule...

NASCAR racer Jamie McMurray has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until August 31st after an incident at Bristol Motor Speedway with defending series champion Matt Kenseth. The fine falls under the violation of 12-4-A in the NASCAR rule book citing actions detrimental to stock car racing.

The penalty springs from a last lap melee between the No. 42 Dodge of McMurray and the No. 17 Ford of Kenseth. Kenseth nudged McMurray out of the way to gain position as the race closed, but McMurray did not take it lying down.

After the event ended, McMurray slammed into the rear of Kenseth, turning the No. 17 Ford. Kenseth, known for a clean cut good boy image, was surprised by McMurray's retaliation.

"McMurray got into me after the race was over and wrecked our car after the race," said Kenseth. "I'm not happy about that because my guys work on the car really hard. What happens under green flag conditions is one thing, but what happens after the race I think is another."

McMurray however defended his actions, "You can't really get out and punch somebody in our sport. So, I just wanted him to know I was mad. This place is so easy to get mad at.Matt's not typically like that. He's a really good racer. He lost his cool today."

McMurray claimed the bump was in retribution for the pass by Kenseth on the races final circuit. The pass sent Kenseth to fifth, and knocked McMurray back to eighth.

The probation period blankets the next 18 events, including the next event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jamie McMurray