NASCAR Imposes Fines on Matt Crafton and Nicholas Sanchez, Following Truck Series Fight in Talladega

NASCAR Imposes Fines on Matt Crafton and Nicholas Sanchez, Following Truck Series Fight in Talladega

NASCAR has issued fines to two drivers involved in a heated altercation during the recent Truck Series race at Talladega Speedway.

After the Love’s RV Stop 250 on Saturday, Matt Crafton and Nicholas Sanchez got into a physical altercation, resulting in injuries and threats.

NASCAR has now officially disclosed the penalties for these drivers. Matt Crafton is facing a fine of $25,000, while Nicholas Sanchez has been fined $5,000 for their role in the incident.

Notably, NASCAR did not suspend either driver, which is crucial for Sanchez, a 22-year-old rookie who is currently contending for the championship with only two races left in the season. However, Sanchez’s father received a two-race suspension for his involvement in the altercation.

According to NASCAR’s Vice President of Competition, Elton Sawyer via SiriusXM, “NASCAR typically lets drivers handle things. Sanchez fine for comments, while after being hit, can’t be said; Crafton’s fine b/c had time to think about situation so not like on pit road. Sanchez’s dad threw punch, so like crew member, suspended,”  as reported by FOX’s Bob Pockrass.

Matt Crafton shared a long post explaining the whole scene and later apologized to his team, sponsors and partners, family, and the NASCAR community for the negativity caused and the unnecessary attention it attracted on a good day of racing.

However, Sanchez apologized for his behavior and accepted the penalty imposed by NASCAR in a statement he shared on his Twitter.

The next event in the Truck Series is the Baptist Health 200, set to take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 21st. Racing fans can look forward to an intense competition as the season approaches its conclusion.


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