Chase Elliott, NASCAR’s hottest driver, had pointed criticism for NASCAR after the sanctioning physique issued a file high-quality earlier this week in opposition to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for his position in a fight following final Sunday’s All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro.

Elliott was conscious Stenhouse had been fined for throwing a punch at Kyle Busch, however the 2020 Cup Sequence champion didn’t know the precise quantity earlier than being knowledgeable throughout a press convention Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the location of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

Stenhouse was fined $75,000, the biggest high-quality issued in NASCAR historical past for a driver preventing. Elliott appeared in disbelief upon studying the precise greenback determine.

“Seventy-five thousand? Wow,” Elliott mentioned. “I heard he got fined, but I didn’t know it was $75,000.

“Yeah, that’s a lot. That’s a lot of money. That seems wild to me.”

The surprised response by Elliott stems from the truth that NASCAR fined Stenhouse regardless of actively sharing footage of the fight throughout its social media channels. What Elliott took exception to is what he sees as a double customary the place NASCAR has touted the fight a number of instances, but not solely penalized Stenhouse however did so by handing down a file high-quality.

“That seems like a lot for that situation,” Elliott mentioned. “You’re going to fine him, but you’re going to promote with it? Like what are we doing? That’s a little strange to me.

“That’s a lot of money to fine a guy. It’s not OK, but we’re going to blast it all over everything to get more clicks. I don’t really agree with that.”

Elliott just isn’t the one driver to lift the difficulty. Daniel Suarez posted an analogous sentiment on X.

“If it’s so wrong then why is it all over NASCAR social channels?” Suarez posted. “We should be allowed to show our emotions, I don’t get it.”

Stenhouse confronted Busch following the All-Star Race after Busch appeared to deliberately wreck him on the second lap of the non-points occasion for what Busch thought was a very aggressive transfer on the opening lap.

Upon completion of the race, Stenhouse waited for Busch at Busch’s Richard Childress Racing hauler, a span of 90-plus minutes from the time he crashed till the confrontation. After Stenhouse and Busch had a brief, heated trade of phrases, Stenhouse punched Busch within the head. That triggered a fight between their respective groups, which included Stenhouse’s dad charging at Busch and beginning a bodily confrontation between them.

Busch was not suspended for his actions. NASCAR suspended Ricky Stenhouse Sr. indefinitely, whereas additionally suspending two members of Stenhouse Jr.’s JTG Daugherty Racing crew, mechanic Clint Myrick for eight races and engine tuner Keith Matthews for 4 races.

Though NASCAR has not all the time penalized drivers who fight, the distinction, NASCAR senior vice chairman of competitors Elton Sawyer defined Wednesday, was that Stenhouse had ample time to chill down earlier than initiating the fight.

“I will say when you wait, you know, 198 laps and you make those decisions that were made, we’re going to react to that,” Sawyer mentioned on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “There could have been different decisions made.

“We want the two drivers to be able to have their time to express their differences. But again, once it escalates to where there’s been a physical altercation there, again, we’re going to react.”

Busch was not penalized as a result of NASCAR couldn’t decide that he deliberately wrecked Stenhouse.

NASCAR’s choice to droop Stenhouse Sr. was according to NASCAR’s coverage that non-competitors are to not contain themselves in confrontations.

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