Rene Sanchez, NASCAR Driver Nick Sanchez’s Father Gets Suspended For Rest Of Year
NASCAR races are one of the most exciting events for sports car and racing fans all over the world. But sometimes there is trouble between racers and the same thing happened this time.
Two racets Nick Sanchez and Matt Crafton were entangled in a fight after the race on Talladega Superspeedway. As a result, NASCAR fined both Sanchez and Crafton $5,000 and $25,000 fine respectively.
Even though they avoided the suspension, it seems that Sanchez’s father, Rene Sanchez wasn’t lucky enough to get out of this mess. And got suspended for the final two races of the Truck Series season by NASCAR.
Nick Sanchez's father, Rene, has been suspended through the rest of the year for getting involved in the fight. No suspensions to the drivers. https://t.co/y65OI0ltqx— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 3, 2023
Elton Sawyer, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said they “definitely considered” suspending the drivers. He explained their decision to discipline Rene Sanchez.
“If you look at the video, there were punches thrown in that situation. … Again, no different than crew members getting involved, or any other industry folks that shouldn’t be involved in that,” Sawyer said, via NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. “I get it, it’s a dad. We understand that, but we have to make sure that that’s just not tolerated. We can’t let that happen. That’s why we reacted the way we did.”
Nick Sanchez got hurt in a fight, and his mom called it a surprise punch on Facebook. He shouted angrily at Crafton, leading to his fine. The 22-year-old said he’ll accept the penalty after the bad situation.
“As for the incident, anything that doesn’t pertain to bettering myself as a race car driver or winning doesn’t have my energy or focus and never will,” Nick Sanchez wrote on social media. “I look forward to continuing my quest for the Championship in Miami.”
Sanchez and Crafton rank fourth and ninth in the Truck Series standings, respectively, ahead of Saturday afternoon’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.