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Kyle Busch-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Saga: Record $75000 Fine Still Makes No Sense to Daytona 500 Winner

Nilavro Ghosh

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Pins NASCAR All-Star Brawl With Kyle Busch On "Built-Up Frustration With How He Runs His Mouth"

Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made the headlines in the All-Star race for their post-race brawl. Then NASCAR landed in controversy a few days later for handing out a $75,000 fine to the JTG Daugherty Racing driver. Stenhouse also saw a couple of his crew members and his father suspended. It has been a while since the saga but the veteran racer is still not over NASCAR’s decision yet.

The team’s tuner Keith Matthews was suspended for four Cup races and he will be back next weekend while mechanic Clint Myrick will be out until the Pocono race in July. Stenhouse’s father was also suspended indefinitely by NASCAR. Speaking to The Athletic recently, the JTG Daugherty driver revealed that there are a lot of questions he wants to ask the sanctioning body.

“I still haven’t gotten to really make my point yet to NASCAR. I did on the phone; we talked back and forth for three or four days. But I still haven’t sat down with them. And I’ve got a lot of questions. I figured there would be some kind of (penalty), right? Suspensions, fines, whatever. Obviously, I didn’t think it was going to be that high,” he said.

Despite what transpired, Stenhouse Jr. was a happy man last Sunday as he finished P5 in the Cup Series race at the Iowa Speedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. defied the odds at Iowa

The JTG Daugherty Racing driver started the race P35 and was even caught up in a bit of a problem on pit road. However, it was an incredible drive to come from a starting position so far behind and end up finishing in the top five. After the race, Stenhouse was one of the happiest men on track.

He mentioned that they were good on the restarts and that his car was able to rotate well and pass several competitors with relative ease. More importantly, it was the strategy combined with the overall drivability of the car that helped him propel to the front.

“So, man, it was a cool night in front of a packed house,” he told Motorsport.

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Nilavro Ghosh

Nilavro Ghosh


Nilavro is a NASCAR journalist at The SportsRush. His love for motorsports began at a young age with F1 and spread out to other forms of racing like NASCAR and Moto GP. After earning his post-graduate degree from the Asian College of Journalism in 2020, he has mostly worked as a motorsports journalist. Apart from covering racing, his passion lies in making music primarily as a bass player.

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