DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR today fined Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague $5,000 for his part in the altercation at the final race of the season at Fontana.
Scott Riggs was fined $2,500 for his part in the incident that began on track and ended on pit road.
The drivers were fined for violations of section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rule Book, "...actions deemed detrimental to stock truck racing; hitting another competitor's truck on pit road."
"We were racing three wide down the back straight," said Sprague. "Riggs was on the bottom, Jon Wood was in the middle and I was on the outside. I guess Riggs thought he had cleared Wood and moved up a little. They made contact and that sent Riggs right up into me. It was a darn shame to wreck that early in the race because we both had trucks capable of winning."
"I just can't believe it," said Riggs, after the hard backstretch crash. "I'm not sure what happened. I thought I had the No. 50 (Jon Wood) cleared and the next thing I know, I'm in the fence and the ASE Dodge is totally destroyed. That's the worst we've finished all year and it came at a time when we needed a good finish to stay second in the points. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. It wasn't anyone's fault, it was just one of those racing deals. It sure couldn't have come at a worse time."
As the drivers entered pit road Sprague ran in to the back of Riggs turning him sideways. Riggs immediately returned the favor. Both drivers were parked by NASCAR for the rest of the event. Sprague however was allowed to repair his truck so he could take a champion's victory lap.