Busch, Logano escape punishment after post-race fight


NASCAR announced Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and their respective crews will not face punishment for their actions in the aftermath of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week.

Sunday's race was overshadowed by an altercation between Busch and Logano. On the final lap, the latter got loose and into the rear of Busch's car, causing his rival to spin onto pit road at the end of the race.

Busch was not happy with the wreck and confronted the Ford driver after they both climbed from their cars. 

He threw punches, but he got the worst of it as Logano's team mauled Busch, cutting his forehead before the fight was broken up. 

"After a full review of multiple videos and discussions with both competitors and their respective race teams, we felt Sunday's post-race incident does not warrant any further action," Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice-president, said in a statement Wednesday.

"NASCAR was built on the racing that took place on the final lap by two drivers battling for position. The emotions of our athletes run high, and Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are two of the most passionate and competitive drivers in the sport. Both competitors are very clear on our expectations going forward and we will be meeting with them in person prior to practice on Friday in Phoenix."

Logano, who finished fourth, does not have the best relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing, especially with Busch's team-mate, Matt Kenseth, who was suspended in 2015 for intentionally wrecking the former at Martinsville. 

Logano told Fox Sports on Tuesday that he and Busch have spoken since the incident.

"Obviously, we didn't speak much [at Las Vegas], so I got a chance to call him up earlier to be able to talk to him a little bit and at least tell my side of the story," Logano said. "We're going to have two sides to the story like there is all the time, but really the bottom line is we're two passionate race car drivers. We're two of the best in the sport that are going to go for wins that are aggressive and we collided."

While cooler heads may have prevailed for now, Busch made it clear after the altercation on Sunday that he wasn't done with Logano.

"That's how Joey races," he said. "He's gonna get it."