NASCAR fines Kurt Busch

June 8, 2007 at 3:52 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Kurt Busch Friday was fined $100,000 by NASCAR for his actions Monday at the Autism Speaks 400 in Dover, Del.

Busch also was penalized 100 championship points, and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

He clipped Tony Stewart on lap 271, sending him into a barrier, then nearly hit a member of Stewart's crew a short time later.

Busch showed his frustration by making contact with Stewart's car on pit road, and was parked for the rest of the race.

"I regret the incident that occurred at Dover and apologize to NASCAR, my sponsors, the fans, my Penske Racing team and Joe Gibbs Racing," Busch said in a statement. "I understand that safety is crucial to the sport and I accept the points penalty, fine and probation that NASCAR has imposed on me."

The penalty drops Busch from 11th place in the championship standings to a tie with Greg Biffle for 18th, 720 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.

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