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Conway Claims He Was ‘Ambushed’; Gordon Penalized

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 8 2011

Robby Gordon was in an altercation with Kevin Conway and put on probation. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Not all the action was on the race track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. And some action which took place in the garages may find its way into a courtroom.

The non-racing action involved drivers Robby Gordon and Kevin Conway. The two reportedly had angry words and much more in the garages. Enough more that Conway filed charges against Gordon.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties against Gordon.

Officials announced that Gordon, driver of the No. 7 car in the Sprint Cup Series, has been placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Gordon was penalized for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing; involved in an altercation in the garage area with another competitor) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.

The confrontation apparently involves money. Sponsorship money.

Gordon claims that a sponsor, Extenze, owes him money for putting Conway into one of his Robby Gordon Racing cars last year.

At Daytona last month, Gordon told reporters, “The guys from Extenze, I can’t believe they’re even on the race track this weekend because how do you come around and just jack two teams (with) signed

Kevin Conway on the track at Daytona. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

contracts and bounce checks. You just don’t do that.”

Conway contends that Gordon owes him money for being named rookie of the year.

At Las Vegas, Gordon confronted Conway, who is being sponsored by Extenze again this year in a car owned by Joe Nemechek’s Nemco Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. The two reportedly fought.

NASCAR responded by putting Gordon on probation.

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told reporters on Saturday, “We met this morning and reviewed the situation and have reacted accordingly. We will continue to look at this situation involving Robby Gordon.”

NASCAR’s action was expanded on Tuesday.

Conway has filed battery charges against Gordon.

In a statement issued late Monday, Conway said, “First and foremost, I love being a part of NASCAR and have worked very hard to earn the privilege of competing in the Sprint Cup Series. On Friday night, Robby Gordon, who has a long history of issues in NASCAR decided to ambush me in the garage area at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, completely unprovoked.

“Robby even confronted Joe Nemechek, my car owner, on pit road during Cup Series qualifying shoving him and telling him that he was looking for me and going to assault me. We have many witnesses including a crew chief that signed a police report documenting the truth of his physical attack on me.

“Situations like this are not good for our sport. It’s one thing if we were racing each other and I wrecked him or he wrecked me, that’s an entirely different situation. It’s very unfortunate that he chose to physically attack me to address his rage. Our fans, sponsors and NASCAR expect and deserve more from our competitors than this bullish, illegal behavior that was displayed by Robby against me.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 8 2011
8 Comments

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  • J H Varey says:

    Have at it boys does not count in the garage ! Come On Mannnnnn.

  • joe says:

    Conway sounds like a wimp.

  • sctt cooper says:

    R.Gorgon has serios issues with his EGO…he needs to come to terms that he is just a field filler and lucky to be that…and to carry actions like he has is just unexcecptable…and one more strike and your out is all that needs to be said to him…

  • Pat388 says:

    Simple solution, tell Conway to get his money from Extenze, after all they are the ones that owe the money. Of course Nascar always looks to penalize Robby for something. Conway calling the cops is really over the top. What a whimp!

  • shrek says:

    Whoever told NASCAR that nobody want’s to see fighting in the pit’s, garage, and out on the track is full of more bullish than Robby Gordon ever will be! That’s why NASCAR is losing fans, look at NHRA they showed Tony Pedregon and John Force come to blows at the end of the track. It’s inevitable that its gonna happen, so let it be known and shown. Quit with the “PC” veal and get on with racing and getting your fans back. More people like the southern drawl of NASCAR than the downtown city atmosphere of the Jeff Gordons and Jimmy Johnsons, no offense, they’re great racers.

  • Terry says:

    Move on folks…..lets go…nothing to see here….
    Just one guy who is only safe to race around
    if your in an open desert.
    Another who is a whiny nobody and a never will be …
    As significant as two ants fighting in a mall parking lot.

  • Jess Cuellar says:

    I can’t believe Conway cannot understand whats going on. If his sponsor agreed to pay Robby money and then bounced the checks then what is he doing with that sponsor pretending that nothing happened? I you’re going to drive in Nascar you’d better be a man ab out it and make your sponsor honor their commitments.

  • Valeri Kolessar says:

    Sounds like Conway never got the “Boys have at it” message. Nothing here sounds right, more like seeking publicity for a product that isn’t in the big show any longer after burning the first two teams they tried to align with. Real drivers resolve their own differences. They don’t do it in the press unless it’s a post race incident the cameras happened to catch. Conway’s statement sounds like pure media hype. I’d wait to hear all the facts before believing any of this.