No penalty for Kyle Busch, Joey Logano after Las Vegas feud

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

NASCAR will not penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano or any others involved in Sunday’s skirmish on pit road at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The sanctioning body released its weekly penalty report on Wednesday afternoon, and neither Busch, Logano nor either of the driver’s crew members were included in the report.

The two stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were competing for fourth on the final lap of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 when the duo caught the struggling No. 2 Ford of Brad Keselowski.

Looking to avoid Keselowski, Busch dove under the 2012 MENCS champion’s machine going into Turn 3, but in doing so made contact with Logano’s No. 22, sending the Team Penske shoe into the turn with a lower entry than anticipated.

The two drivers both got loose going through the turns, and Logano’s machine slid up the track into Busch’s No. 18 Toyota. The resulting contact sent Busch spinning into the infield off of Turn 4, leading to a 22nd-place finish for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver while Logano held off Keselowski for fourth.

After the crash, Busch waited on pit road for Logano to arrive, marched over to the Connecticut native and threw a punch his way. Logano claimed he wasn’t hit, but the move led the surrounding members of the No. 22 crew to defend their driver. Both pit crews then swarmed, with Busch emerging from the altercation with a bloodied forehead.

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell released the following statement on the decision:

“After a full review of multiple videos and discussions with both competitors and their respective race teams, we felt Sunday’s post-race incident does not warrant any further action. NASCAR was built on the racing that took place on the final lap by two drivers battling for position. The emotions of our athletes run high, and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are two of the most passionate and competitive drivers in the sport. Both competitors are very clear on our expectations going forward and we will be meeting with them in person prior to practice on Friday in Phoenix.”

In the end, the lone penalties on the report were for the race-winning No. 78 team of Furniture Row Racing and the No. 13 Germain Racing organization. Both teams were issued penalties for one unsecured lug nut on post-race inspection. Crew chiefs Cole Pearn (No. 78) and Robert “Bootie” Barker were each fined $10,000 for the infractions.

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