Busch, Sent Back 25 Points, Ratcliff Fined

Late last night, NASCAR Nationwide Series announced penalties and fines for Kyle Busch, Brad Parrott and Jason Ratcliff after discovering rule violations in last weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch, after already ruining his chances at taking the NASCAR Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Texas last weekend, received a 25 Nationwide drivers' points penalty.

Despite this, Busch still has a shot at the Nationwide Series championship, as his lead over Carl Edwards is now 247 points, with two races to go.

He received his "sentence" after NASCAR found Jason Ratcliff, crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota driven by Busch, violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-2.3A (improperly attached weight) of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book.

As a result, Ratcliff received a $5,000 fine and is now on probation until December 31, 2009.

Aside for Busch and his crew chief, Brad Parrott, crew chief of the No. 09 Ford driven by John Wes Townley, received the same punishment: $5,000 fine and probation until the end of the year.

According to NASCAR, Parrott was found in violation of Section 12-1, 9-4-A (crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his/her driver, car owner and crew members) and 12-4-I (unapproved panhard bar adjustment during impound by a team member).
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