NASCAR Spares Matt Crafton Despite Altercation Leaving Nick Sanchez Bloodied


NASCAR Spares Matt Crafton Despite Altercation Leaving Nick Sanchez Bloodied

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NASCAR has decided not to suspend Matt Crafton following his altercation with Nick Sanchez after Saturday’s Truck Series race at Talladega. Sanchez, 22, sustained a bloodied face, alleging a “cheap shot” from Crafton, 47, during the race, which led to a 14-truck wreck, eliminating Crafton from contention.

Sanchez expressed his frustration, stating, “Cheap shot, it is what it is, I guess. I’m all for fighting, but no cheap shots. I got a cheap shot and never really had a chance to get it back.”

Crafton responded to the incident on social media, denying that he had hit Sanchez and claiming that Sanchez had initiated the collision at high speed, saying, “If a man looks at me and threatens me, I will respond.” Instead of suspension, Crafton received a $25,000 fine, while Sanchez was fined $5,000. Additionally, Sanchez’s father had his entry into the Truck Series garage revoked at the end of the season due to his involvement in the altercation.

A suspension for Crafton would have disrupted his streak of consecutive starts dating back to the final race of the 2000 season. The three-time Truck Series champion has competed in 542 consecutive Truck Series races, with fifteen career victories, although his last win occurred three seasons ago.


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