NASCAR is changing the post-race process for its pit road officials as a result of last week’s confrontation between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick at Darlington.
“This is something we have addressed for sure and we are revising how we dispatch our pit road officials once the race is over to make sure all the cars are off pit road before they head on to other post-race responsibilities,” Kerry Tharp, NASCAR’s senior director of competition communications, said in an e-mail to As the World Turns (Left) Thursday afternoon.
Harvick and Busch’s well-documented scrap ended with Harvick leaving his car to try to punch Busch and Busch responding by pushing Harvick’s car into the pit road wall.
The sanctioning body has received criticism in the past week for not getting officials to Harvick and Busch quickly enough to diffuse the situation. The most notable critique came Tuesday from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage.
On his ESPN.com blog, Gossage authored a post titled “NASCAR’s Fingerprints All Over Post-Race Scene” in which he maintained that NASCAR had plenty of time to get officials to Harvick and Busch but chose not to, presumably to preserve last year’s “boys, have at it” proclamation.