NASCAR fine Jeff Gordon $100,000 and dock him 25 points after he crashed into Clint Bowyer in Phoenix
Last Updated: December 18, 2012 5:04pm
Jeff Gordon has been fined $100,000 by NASCAR's disciplinary board following his collision with Clint Bowyer in Phoenix on Sunday.
Four-time champion Gordon was also docked 25 Sprint Cup Series points after he was deemed to have intentionally crashed into Bowyer with just two laps remaining.
Gordon avoided suspension, although he was placed on probation until the end of the year for his part in the incident which led to a brawl between the rival pit crews.
"I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack," said Gordon, who is clear to race in the season finale in Miami this weekend. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead."
NASCAR also fined several members of the pit crews involved in the fracas, and vice president of competition Robin Pemberton now considers the matter closed.
"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," he said.
"We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them."
Meanwhile, Sprint Cup Series leader Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for having an electronic device inside his car in Phoenix.
Keselowski sent tweets from his mobile phone while the red flags were out following Gordon's crash with Bowyer.