Danica Patrick Fined $20K for Actions After Crash

She was angry after another driver caused her to spin out
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2016 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Danica Patrick's wallet is $20,000 lighter because she began walking toward another driver who caused her to crash. NASCAR imposed the fine Thursday after Sunday's crash, in which Kasey Kahne caused Patrick to spin into the wall at the AutoClub 400, reports ESPN. After exiting her car, Patrick approached the track and raised her arms in what NASCAR officially deems an "agitated" way toward Kahne. She never made it onto the actual track, but NASCAR rules forbid any driver from even approaching the apron after a crash—the result of this fatality a couple of years ago.

Another big name, Kyle Busch, was fined $10,000 for a race at the same track on Saturday when he didn't show up for mandatory post-race interviews. Busch finished second, but he had been leading on the final lap when he blew a tire. While still in his car after the race, he criticized NASCAR over his radio for not throwing a caution flag, which might have allowed him to win. NASCAR has been cracking down on drivers' behavior of late with new rules, though Jenna Fryer of the AP wonders whether the shift will reduce some of the drama surrounding the races. (NASCAR's CEO is endorsing Donald Trump.)

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