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June 8, 2007 9:06 AM

Kurt Busch penalized

NASCAR has announced that Kurt Busch has been penalized 100 driver points, fined $100,000, and placed on probation until December 31st after his actions this past Sunday at Dover.

After an on-track altercation with Tony Stewart, Busch drove into the pits while Stewart's car was being serviced and hit the side of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, almost hitting a crew member in the process. NASCAR maimed Busch's actions as "actions detrimental to stock car racing" and "endangerment to crew members".

Busch's car owner, Roger Penske was also docked 100 owner points. The team released an official apology, saying they would not appeal the penalty. It included a statement from Kurt Busch.

"I regret the incident that occurred at Dover and apologize to NASCAR, my sponsors, the fans, my Penske Racing team and Joe Gibbs Racing. 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 100 point penalty drops Busch from 11th to 17th in the points standings.

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