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Elliott rips NASCAR for fining however selling struggle

Associated Press May 24, 2024, 04:34 PM ET CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott criticized NASCAR for fining driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 for punching Kyle Busch following Sunday night’s All-Star Race after it had used video of the fight on social media. It was the largest fine ever handed down for fighting in NASCAR history.

Elliott rips NASCAR for fining however selling struggle

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Could 24, 2024, 04:34 PM ET

CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott criticized NASCAR for fining driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $75,000 for punching Kyle Busch following Sunday night time’s All-Star Race after it had used video of the struggle on social media.

It was the biggest tremendous ever handed down for preventing in NASCAR historical past.

Elliott, talking forward of this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, mentioned he knew Stenhouse had been fined however appeared shocked when knowledgeable the quantity by a member of the media.

“That looks as if lots for that state of affairs,” Elliott mentioned. “You’ll tremendous him, however you will promote with it? Like, what are we doing? That is a bit of unusual to me. … That is some huge cash to tremendous a man. It is like, ‘It isn’t OK, however we’re going to blast it throughout every thing to get extra clicks.’”

Elliott was referring to NASCAR posting video of the fight at North Wilkesboro Speedway on the social platform X together with the phrases: “We’ll name this a … distinction of opinion.”

Busch was not penalized.

Stenhouse’s father, Ricky Sr. — who has no affiliation along with his son’s crew — was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Wednesday for his function within the fracas when he went after Busch. Stenhouse mechanic Clint Myrick was suspended for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for 4 races for his or her roles within the struggle.

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Stenhouse and Busch tangled on the primary lap, after which Busch appeared to intentionally wreck Stenhouse on the subsequent lap. Stenhouse rolled his broken Chevrolet down pit lane and parked it in Busch’s pit stall. He then climbed the spotter’s ladder and exchanged phrases with members of Busch’s crew earlier than retreating to his hauler.

Stenhouse stewed within the infield for about two hours, ready on Busch to complete the race, then confronted him and threw a punch, igniting a melee between the groups.

“I feel, actually, what all of us need is consistency and understanding what the rule is and what’s OK and what’s not OK,” All-Star Race winner Joey Logano mentioned. “That is actually all you ask for. Whether or not it is the automobile or restarts or altercations apparently, simply let me know the principles, is what I wish to know. What’s the worth I am about to pay if I make this choice and is it price it? That is actually the way it’s obtained to be, is simply on the lookout for consistency in that to the place it is the identical on a regular basis, and I do know it is arduous to do. That is lots to ask for as a result of each state of affairs might be a bit of bit totally different. It is a judgment name. There is not any black and white.”

Each Stenhouse and Busch plan to race Sunday.

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