NASCAR Announces Penalties For Phoenix Events

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Following an eventful finish at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR has decided to control the situation by issuing penalties.

NASCAR announced on Monday that it has issued penalties around the No.24 team of Hendrick Motorsports, the No.15 team of Michael Waltrip Racing, and the No.2 team of Penske Racing. Most of the penalties were in regards to the on-track incident between drivers Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon.

On the No.24 team Gordon was penalized for violating Sections 12-1 of the NASCAR rulebook, actions detrimental to stock car racing, altercation with another competitor on the racetrack during the race. Gordon was also fined $100,000 and was docked 25 championship driver points. Along with the fine, Gordon is on probation until Dec.31.

Hendrick Motorsports team Owner and No.24 car owner Rick Hendrick was penalized with a loss of 25 championship points. Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson was also found in violation of section 9-4A of the NASCAR rulebook, at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members. Just like his driver, Gustafson is on probation until Dec.31.

On the No.15 team, Bowyer’s crew chief Brian Pattie was found in violation of Sections 12-1 and 9-4A of the rulebook. He was also fined $25,000 and place on probation until Dec.31.

The other penalty NASCAR issued was for Brad Keselwoski, who was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec.31 for violating sections 12-1 and 20.6.7A of the NASCAR rulebook. Under Section 20-6.7A Keselowski violated the rules for 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 his cell phone inside his racecar during the race. It would not be the first time he had his phone in the car, the first time was during the 2012 Daytona 500. This time at Phoenix he did get penalized compared to Daytona.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @ Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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