No fine for Kyle Busch over Dover criticism

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No fine for Kyle Busch over Dover criticism


No fine for Kyle Busch over Dover criticism


Kyle Busch will not be fined by NASCAR for his comments after Dover about the rules package — which he believes to be quite appropriate because he didn’t say anything wrong.

“Just spoke my opinion,” Busch said Wednesday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame after unveiling his Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme. “Everybody’s got an opinion.”

Following a 10th-place finish in Monday’s race, Busch said of the 2019 rules package that “it sucks” and is “terrible.” It was not the first time the 2015 Cup Series champion from Joe Gibbs Racing has been openly critical of the package. During a pre-season test in Las Vegas, Busch said the package would take away the skill from the driver.

NASCAR said Tuesday they were not fining Busch or team owner Bob Leavine of Leavine Family Racing, who also made comments about the package on his Twitter page. And in the last few days, Busch said he has also spoken with Steve O’Donnell, the NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

“I have spoken with Mr. Steve O’Donnell and the discussion went well; everything was fine,” said Busch. “We were able to talk about what each of us were wanting to get out of last (Monday) and for further on into the year.”

NASCAR has fined drivers in the past for comments made about its racing product. Most notably, Busch’s teammate Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 back in 2013 when he criticized the Gen6 race car.

Busch said he couldn’t speak to what the differences in their comments were, or about the decision to dish out a fine in that case and not this one.

“I don’t know, we’re all trying to make everything better for everyone as a collective industry,” said Busch. “There are certain vote-getters that get their wish more than others — it’s frustrating at times for us drivers. We tend to voice our opinions whether it’s with the owners or with NASCAR and both sides of the fence we don’t seem to get very far, so that’s where it becomes the most frustrating at times.”