Watch: Austin Dillon goes for retaliation, hits Cole Custer's car under caution
Next time Austin Dillon feels like he got wrecked he should take the Kyle Busch approach instead of retaliating during a race.
The next time Austin Dillon feels like he got wrecked intentionally he should take the Kyle Busch approach instead of retaliating during a race.
During the Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Dillon tracked down Cole Custer and then hit his car under caution after being spun by Custer just moments before in the waning laps of the race.
Here's why Dillon was upset and what he did about it.
NASCAR parked Dillon after the incident, and called him in for a meeting after the race.
“I really haven’t seen the replay,” Dillon told Fox Sports after the wreck. “They took us out so — just driving over his head and he got us. He just over-drove the corner, missed the corner and took me out with him. It was a hard hit, it sucks."
Custer apologized after the race.
Cost us and the 2 a good finish, 100% my fault. Happy with how much better we got our car, pretty good there at the end.— Cole Custer (@colecuster00) March 18, 2017
While NASCAR didn't penalize Busch for starting a post-race altercation with Logano and his crew last weekend in Las Vegas, using a race car for retaliation is considered a punishable offense.
“We’re very clear that we’re not going to allow a car to be used as a weapon,” NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell said, via JeffGluck.com. “We didn’t see that in this case. We looked at this as good, hard racing. That’s when we will react — if there’s an intentional something that happens on the racetrack, we’ll have to react.”