NASCAR on Thursday fined reigning Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch $10,000 for his post-race conduct following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
Busch has also been placed on probation through the next four NASCAR points races through April 27.
Busch was leading when he took the white flag in Saturday’s race but his left-front tire blew out as he entered Turn 1, which tore apart his fender and left debris on the track.
NASCAR did not throw a caution and Busch continued to race on but was eventually passed by Austin Dillon, who claimed the victory.
Busch was upset with NASCAR’s decision not to throw a caution – which could have locked Busch in as the winner if the field was frozen – but he still managed to finish second. However, he failed to fulfill any of his post-race media obligations, either on pit road or in the media center, after the race.
Before exiting his car, Busch also directed a verbal tirade toward NASCAR, a portion of which was played on the TV broadcast by Fox Sports.
At one point, Busch says, “Debris all over the race track and they don’t throw a yellow. I’m just so pleased with you NASCAR. Thanks. Y’all are awesome. Fixing races. How about ….” There were a couple of other words uttered that were not audible on the broadcast.
He was not penalized for his comments.