Kyle Busch has been handed a $50,000 fine for spinning Ron Hornaday in a retaliatory move during last Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and put on probation through to the end of the season.
Busch was parked from all race activities at Texas following the incident and some felt that his suspension should continue for the rest of the year. However, Busch has been cleared to race at this weekend's events at Phoenix as well as the season finale at Homestead-Miami next weekend.
In their penalty notice, NASCAR issued Busch with a blunt warning by adding: "if during the remaining NASCAR events in 2011 there is another action by the competitor that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, the competitor will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR."
Busch also received a warning from his main sponsor, confectionery giant M&Ms, which released a statement via its Facebook page saying: "The recent actions by Kyle Busch are not consistent with the values of M&M's and we're very disappointed. Like you, we hold those who represent our brand to a higher standard and we have expressed our concerns directly to Joe Gibbs Racing."
It's emerged that NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick has spent six days in hospital following a crash landing of the plane in which he and his wife Linda were passengers at the start of last week.
The plane suffered brake failure and ran off the runway at Key West International on the evening of Monday, October 31. Initially it was reported that there were no serious injuries, but the team later clarified that Hendrick had in fact suffered from four broken ribs and a broken clavicle (shoulder). His wife Linda escaped with cuts and bruises.
Subsequent reports said that Hendrick and his wife was convalescing at home, but now new press releases from the team have revealed that after flying home to North Carolina last Tuesday, he reported discomfort from the injuries that meant he was was taken to a local hospital for treatment, evaluation and observation. He was kept in for six days and was only released on Monday.
The plane in which Hendrick was flying is registered to Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, and is the plane usually used to take Johnson to race venues during the season. A full investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
Keselowski against fuel injection
Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski has stirred controversy by criticising NASCAR's move to fuel injection for 2012.
"It has less throttle response, and it's harder to get to start (because) it takes a computer to start the damn thing," he is reported as telling the USA Today
newspaper this week. "It's a pain in the ass. I don't see where fans get anything from it."