NASCAR has docked one of its most famous drivers $100,000 for his part in a post-race, post-crash brawl between pit crews.
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon also lost 25 points and is now 11th in the Sprint Cup championship standings with one race remaining.
The crew chief for driver Clint Bowyer, Brian Pattie, was fined $25,000.
Gordon ran into Bowyer on Sunday at the race in Phoenix, Arizona, causing a late-race accident. The wreck basically removed any last hopes Bowyer had for a championship, as he finished 28th when his crew couldn't repair his car.
“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said through a written statement from his team owner. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead (racetrack in Florida).”
Michael Waltrip Racing, which owns Bowyer's car, apologized for the post-race fight on pit road.
"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," a statement said, according to the website jayski.com.
The fight began after Gordon climbed from his car in the garage area. Members of Bowyer's crew came over and one grabbed Gordon from behind. The two teams wrestled between Gordon's toolbox and stacks of tires. Soon thereafter, Bowyer sprinted from his wrecked car to the trailer where Gordon had been escorted, only to be held back from by a NASCAR official and others.
One other fine was issued Monday. Points leader Brad Keselowski was ordered to pay $25,000 but survived a points penalty. His crime? He had a cell phone in the car, which apparently came to light thanks to an in-car camera used by TV networks.
"Just the good ol' boys
Never meaning no harm"
It was genuine exciting. Almost as good as the wresting matches on TV.
Don't worry about it Jeff. Mr. Hendrick could probably care less. It isn't like your getting demoted to midgets.
Jeff? If your really nice, I'll let you use my Monte Carlo.
Jeff accepted responsibility for his actions....Move on!!!!! Love you Jeff!!:)
I think racing should be banned. Think of all the gas wasted and pollution created by this silliness. We are in a recession and have gas shortages while these necks are driving in circles. The money they waste could be used to help the unemployed, the needy even hungry children, it has been proven cars emit dangerous gasses that cause global warming. Racing should be banned. It's time to move into the twenty first century.
I think you are exactly right. This isn't the 1950s. White people need to just get over it. They even pretend it is a sport. LOL.
No. American messianic Jew.
How perceptive. You may be on to something.
Laquecia......how about telling the African-American NASCAR drivers Darrell Wallace, Jr., Wendell Scott, Marc Davis, and Bill Lester(if you've heard of them) that they're pretending NASCAR is a sport. I bet they'll beg to differ with you on that. I dare you to even attempt to race them on an oval!!!
Don't forget Sharhonda.....she thinks if NASCAR was stopped, unemployment would be solved...
If jeffy wasn't racing for Hendricks, he'd be sitting out the last race.
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