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NASCAR Issues Penalties For Phoenix Infractions

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Monday, November 12 2012

Jeff Gordon was penalized on Monday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

NASCAR announced Monday penalties to three teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) – altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race – and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members) and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 15 car, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car, has been 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) – driver had a cell phone in his possession onboard the race car.

All of these violations occurred during the Nov. 11 event at PIR.

NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton said of the penalties, “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. The decisions announced today 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.”

Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal sanctions.

““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.”

““I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.””

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Monday, November 12 2012
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  • tim h says:

    Every person on the Boyer team needs to be fined. the crew chief cant have chains on all of them to pull in.

    emotions are one thing, but stupidity, is just wrong in a sport such as this.

    Gordon is not golden, and was wrong, but ” boys have at it” leaves a lot of gray area on the track

    nascar could have prevented all of this by issuing a yellow caution when boyer put gordon in the wall to begin with. they would probably not have been close to each other the rest of the race. there were parts flying off the 24 car….debris????

    then with patrick stopped in the middle of the last turn, last lap??? No caution again???

    Track side officials failed, big time!!!

    Thank you

  • Bryan Tucker says:

    It seems funny that Nascar liked it when Brad Keselowski had his phone with him during the Daytona 500 but because he spoke his mind at Phoenix, they fined him. Surprised they did not dock him points so the Golden Boy could win his 6th championship. Nascar is killing the sport from the inside out.