Not sure what the technical term is for last week’s Ty Dillon-Kevin Harvick dust-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville, but “hammer gate” is certainly in the running.
Anyway, although NASCAR usually doles out penalties after a race weekend on Tuesday, it took until Thursday of this week to announce the penalties from the contact between these two and the subsequent scuffle between their pit crews on pit lane.
Penalties were issued to Dillon’s No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team for violating Sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; throwing an object at a competitor’s race truck) and 9-4A: (The Crew Chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his/her Driver, Truck Owner and team members). As a result of these violations, Dillon’s crew chief Paul (Marcus) Richmond has been fined $10,000 and crew member Adam Brown has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
The object in question here was a sledgehammer thrown at Harvick’s truck on pit lane.
Austin Dillon, Ty’s older brother, has spoken out after the incident and really took the high road instead of throwing a metaphorical hammer at Harvick.