NASCAR: No Penalties for Kyle Busch or Joey Logano After Vegas Fight

After reviewing the fight that occurred at the Las Vegas post-race, NASCAR has ruled to issue no repercussions for Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, is escorted away by a NASCAR official after an incident on pit road with Joey Logano (not pictured), driver of the #22 Pennzoil Ford, following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Busch and Logano made contact on the track during the last lap of the race leading to the incident on pit road.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 12: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, is escorted away by a NASCAR official after an incident on pit road with Joey Logano (not pictured), driver of the #22 Pennzoil Ford, following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Busch and Logano made contact on the track during the last lap of the race leading to the incident on pit road. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After the duo had begun using their fists where words failed and the dust had settled, it is evident now that NASCAR will take no action to punish or reprimand the drivers involved. NASCAR’s Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell has issued the following statement regarding the Busch/Logano fight:

“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.”

– Steve O’Donnell

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Ever since Monster Energy took over NASCAR, there has been an aura of mystery regarding how they would treat driver interactions in the 2017 season. We can stand to suppose that their viewing of the Busch/Logano incident has set the precedent going forward – and through the cold lens of emotional engagement it makes sense.

Monster Energy has managed to ignite a fervent youthful following in its sponsorship of the MotoCross series, a feat nearly unseen across many other forms of Motorsport. They know that emotion sells, and they’re going to keep dishing it out to the viewers.