Brian France: Don’t expect retaliation from Kyle Busch-Joey Logano dustup

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By Yvonne Jones, Staff Writer

Punishment or not, NASCAR chairman & CEO Brian France on Monday said he doesn’t expect any fallout from Sunday’s postrace altercation between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at Phoenix this weekend or beyond.

In an interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s ‘Tradin’ Paint,’ France said drivers have already gotten the message from 2015 when Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecked Logano at Martinsville as payback for an incident at Kansas two races earlier. Kenseth was suspended for the next two races.

“There will be no retaliation,’’ France said. “That will not be happening. That’s not going to happen anyway. The drivers understand what we did a couple of years in Martinsville, that is unacceptable. So what happens on the track, good or for bad for one driver or another, that’s where it stays, and we move on to the next event.”

Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, accosted Logano and threw a punch at the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford driver on pit road after the race. The Las Vegas native claimed he got “dumped” by Logano in Turn 4 as the two battled for third place on the last lap of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

And based on Busch’s comments after he emerged from the scrum with blood streaming from his forehead, the matter might not be over.

“That’s how Joey races so he’s gonna get it,” he told a FOX Sports reporter as he walked away from the pileup.

Still, France expects Busch and Logano to talk things over.

“My guess is that Kyle and Joey will sort that out, and there really won’t be anything that we need to worry about down the road,” he said.” If there is, we’ll deal with it.”

On ‘The Morning Drive,’ an earlier show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday, NASCAR executive vice president & chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said the sanctioning body was reviewing video for the incident between Busch and Logano.

“I think our intention would be not to react unless we see something that we haven’t seen yet and something that comes up from those discussions,” O’Donnell said. “But we’ll certainly bring both drivers together before we go on track in Phoenix and again have some dialogue. But still under review.”

France said he understands what the drivers go through as they try to perform for their teams and sponsors.

“It’s an emotional sport as you know and there is so much on the line for all these drivers and teams,” he said. “So much is expected of these guys to do their thing so when things happen they are going to happen in a race.

“It’s not terribly crazy to understand that emotions are going to boil over some times. We get that. Obviously there will be no retaliation. That will not be happening.”

 

 

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