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NASCAR Issues Penalties For Texas Brawl

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, November 4 2014

Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Alan Gustafson, was a issued penalty by NASCAR. (File photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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In the wake of Sunday’s post-race brawl at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from those two teams also have been penalized.

Jeremy Fuller, a crew member with the No. 5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle, crew members with the No. 24 team, each have been fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. All three were found to be in violation of:

· Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

· Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty – involved in a post-race physical altercation with a driver on pit road

Dean Mozingo, a crew member with the No. 24 team, has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. He was found to be in violation of:

· Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

· Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty – involved in a post-race physical altercation with another crew member on pit road

Kenny Francis, crew chief of the No. 5 team, and Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 team, have each been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. They were found to be in violation of:

· Section 9-4A: Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members

· Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

· Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty

“While the intensity and emotions are high as we continue through the final rounds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the actions that we saw from several crew members Sunday following the race at Texas are unacceptable,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development. “We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others.”

“We therefore have penalized four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book,” Pemberton continued. “A NASCAR championship is at stake, but we can’t allow behavior that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it puts others in harm’s way.”

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said his team will not appeal the penalties.

“With NASCAR’s new Chase format, we’re seeing an unprecedented level of intensity every single week,” Hendrick said. “Emotions run high when you’re racing for a championship, and that’s exciting for our fans and everyone involved with the sport. But there’s a line the competitors need to be cognizant of, and we understand that.

“Jeff (Gordon) was rightfully fired up Sunday night, and it just reiterated to me how passionate he is and how much he wants to win. The No. 24 team is a group that works together and is loyal to one another. They have our full support as we go into these final two races.”

Team members involved in the incident will not be additionally sanctioned by Hendrick Motorsports.

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, November 4 2014
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  • David says:

    I guess a lot of people would not be made if somebody slammed into you and you went from 1st to 4th in the standings from leading the race to 29th. There was a reason Brad did it and only Brad can tell you why.

  • David says:

    Jeff was in front nobody had to pull over they just had to run him off the road and if going for the gap was the right thing to do why didn’t Kevin Harvick go for it. He was behind Gordon he probably could of wreck somebody maybe Gordon and Brad. The difference between
    Jeff and Brad is Jeff would of went through the gap with out wrecking somebody. Where Brad didn’t care if he wrecked somebody he probably knew he was going to ruin somebodies day and why did he go after Jeff and not move Jimmy out of the way.

  • David Smith says:

    I do have a question why is it every time Jeff Gordon is leading a race Clint Bowyer wrecks? He doesn’t wreck enough to take himself out of the race just enough to bring out the caution. Explain that to me.

  • Jerry says:

    Jeff thinks everyone should just pull over and let him through, quit cryin’ and drive.