NASCAR Addresses Altercation

Richard Childress

Team owner Richard Childress walks away from the NASCAR hauler after speaking to officials prior to the STP 400. (Photo: Getty Images)


NASCAR released a statement Sunday morning reacting to Saturday’s confrontation between Richard Childress and Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR president Mike Helton said the sanctioning body would further investigate the incident, which saw Childress physically, attack Busch in the garage area following Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250.

While the team owner will be allowed to remain at the track today for the Sprint Cup Series STP 400, Childress is restricted in where he can oversee the operation of his race team.

Helton also told reporters that Busch did not violate his probation period, which remains intact until June 15th in the aftermath of his altercation with Kevin Harvick at Darlington Raceway in early May.

NASCAR is expected to announce further punishment for Childress later this week. The sanctioning body did release a full statement:

"NASCAR has reviewed the incident involving Richard Childress and Kyle Busch after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Kansas Speedway. We have met with all parties involved and have determined what happened yesterday is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by NASCAR.

"Richard Childress’s actions were not appropriate and fell far short of the standard we expect of owners in this sport. We have met with Childress this morning and made our position very clear to him. Further, we expect he will make it clear to all in his organization to ensure this situation does not escalate any further. We will announce our actions regarding this incident Monday.

"Kyle Busch remains on probation with NASCAR and we continue to watch his actions carefully. However, we have determined that Kyle’s involvement in this incident does not violate his probation and no further action is required."

Busch commented on the situation this morning.

“I met with NASCAR," Busch said. "Just discussed with them the incident to my best recollection and from there they will take all their discoveries and all their findings and make the best decision they feel possible.

"I’m going to leave it up to NASCAR and let them decide what they feel is best.”

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