NASCAR hands out fines after altercation at South Boston Speedway

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WDBJ7) -- NASCAR has penalized two drivers and a crew chief for their involvement in an altercation during a March 30 race South Boston Speedway.

Drivers Philip Morris and Lee Pulliam both were fined and placed on probation, and Forrest Reynolds, Morris' crew chief, has been barred from participating in a NASCAR event as a crew member of Morris’ team.

According to a release from the speedway, during a red-flag in the second of two 75-lap Late Model races, Reynolds ran onto the track between the first and second turns, threw a radio that hit the windshield of Pulliam’s car and then crawled head-first into the passenger side of Pulliam’s car.

Pulliam then started his car and took off, knocking Reynolds down and onto the track surface. No one was injured in the incident, however.

The altercation came after Morris and Pulliam had an on-track collision that resulted in Morris' car being wrecked, which forced the red flag. Morris previously had won the first of the twin 75-lap races.

Morris received a $1,000 fine and was placed on probation until December 31. Also, any attempt by Reynolds to participate in a NASCAR event as a crew member of Morris’ team will result in further penalties levied to Morris, according to the release.

NASCAR also levied a $1,500 fine against Pulliam and suspended him until April 17. If the fine is not paid, the NASCAR suspension will continue, the release added.

Pulliam also will be on probation until December 31.

South Boston Speedway officials emphasized that the penalties were handed down by NASCAR, not the speedway.

“We disagree with the penalty handed down to Lee Pulliam,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “We are disappointed with the penalty and there will not be a track penalty for Pulliam or Morris.”

NASCAR has notified Reynolds that he is prohibited from participating in a NASCAR-sanctioned event without a current NASCAR license. Because of his conduct during last Saturday’s race and for participating in a NASCAR-sanctioned event without a NASCAR license, he is ineligible to apply for a NASCAR license until 2020.