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Gordon and Keselowski fined, put on probation
After an eventful Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR assessed penalties to three teams in the Sprint Cup Series.
Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 driver points and put on probation until Dec. 31 for his on-track altercation with Clint Bowyer during the AdvoCare 500, a violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing).
"I take responsibility for my actions on the race track," Gordon said. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead."
Additionally, Rick Hendrick, the owner of Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet, lost 25 owner points. Alan Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief, was placed on probation until Dec. 31 for Gordon's actions under Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chiefs assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members).
"I've always respected Jeff for standing his ground," Hendrick said. "We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It's been a great year, and we're going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend."
Brian Pattie, crew chief of Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 15 car driven by Bowyer, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 9-4A.
"The goal of Michael Waltrip Racing is to be a championship-level organization, both on and off the track," MWR said in a statement. "The on-track incident ... was extremely disappointing and brought raw emotions of a long and hard championship battle to the surface. Though we generally cannot control certain actions on the track, the unfortunate reactions off the track Sunday did not live up to the professional standards in which Michael Waltrip Racing expects all of its representatives to live by. We commit to our sponsors, our manufacturer, our fans and NASCAR that we will do so in the future."
Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-6.7A (cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, micro-processors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete). Keselowski had a cell phone in his race car.
"Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "The decisions announced [Monday] cover NASCAR's full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.
"There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them."