DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR announced on Tuesday that driver Kyle Busch has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the year for his inappropriate gesture and verbal abuse to NASCAR officials during Sunday's 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Midway through the race, Busch got turned around and sustained damage to his left rear. While trying to remain on the lead lap, he was caught speeding off of pit road after stopping for repairs.
When Busch returned to the pits to serve his drive-through penalty, he showed his displeasure towards officials by giving them "the finger." NASCAR then slapped him with a two-lap penalty for his gesture.
"I accept NASCAR's penalty and realize what I did during Sunday's race at Texas was inappropriate," Busch said in a statement that Joe Gibbs Racing released shortly after the penalty was announced. "Even in my relatively short time here in NASCAR, it's pretty obvious to everyone that I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Sometimes that passion has allowed me to find that little something extra I needed to win, and other times it's made me cross the line. Sunday at Texas was one of those days.
"I lost my cool, plain and simple. It's not acceptable, and I know that. I apologize to NASCAR, its fans, all the partners who support Joe Gibbs Racing, and all the people who work so hard to give me a racecar that's capable of winning races every week. All of those people deserve better from me, and I owe it to them to keep my emotions in check."