NASCAR issues penalties for incidents at Phoenix International Raceway

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After an eventful Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR on Monday, Nov. 12  assessed penalties to three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.


Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, was fined $100,000, docked 25 driver points and put on probation until December 31 for his altercation with Clint Bowyer on track during the AdvoCare 500, a violation of Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing).


Additionally, Gordon's owner, Rick Hendrick, was penalized with the loss of 25 owner points to the No. 24 car. Alan Gustafson, Gordon's crew chief, was also placed on probation until December 31 for Gordon's actions under Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chiefs assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members).


Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 15 car, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 9-4A.


Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 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 possession onboard the 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 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."

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