NASCAR penalties given to Jeff Gordon, Brian Pattie, Brad Keselowski following Phoenix race

From @Dustin Long on Twitter:

Here are #NASCAR penalties to Jeff Gordon & his team, Brian Pattie and Brad Keselowski for actions at Phoenix:

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) – altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race – and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members) and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 15 car, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car, has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 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) – driver had a cell phone in his possession onboard the race car.

NASCAR Flashback: Jeff Gordon’s fight with Jeff Burton during Texas 500

Yesterday’s race in Phoenix wasn’t Jeff Gordon’s first fight on the track. The video at the link below shows a fight between Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon from the Texas 500 in 2010.

And if you missed the fight from Sunday’s race, see it here.

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Check out the video here:

Gordon, Bowyer address NASCAR wreck, fight after race

Autosport.com has reported that Jeff Gordon has refused to apologize for deliberately taking Clint Bowyer out of Sunday’s NASCAR Spring Cup race at Phoenix.

Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer hit the wall, prompting flames and tempers to flare. The following events resulted in Gordon and Bowyer’s pit crews exchanging words and punches.

See that video by clicking here.

Gordon was summoned to the NASCAR hauler after the race, and at this time, no penalties have been handed out yet, Autosport.com reported.

“Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me and he got into me on the back straightaway, pretty much ruined our day. I’ve had it, was fed up with it and got him back,” Gordon was quoted saying in the story.

Bowyer has been quoted in numerous reports saying that Gordon’s actions were “embarrassing” and “ridiculous.”

“The last person in the world you want to get into anything with is Jeff Gordon on the race track,” said Bowyer. “I mean, you’re down there racing, the track’s extremely slick, we’re all on tyres. I didn’t even need to pass him. That’s the thing. All I was doing is riding around biding my time. The only thing I had to do is keep the #5 car [Kahne] within reach, so for him to act like that… I barely touched him and then I feel him get into Turn Three and try to turn me and he missed and then next thing I know Brett’s [Griffin, Bowyer’s spotter] telling me on the radio that he’s trying to do. He’s waiting on me.”

Autosports.com reports that NASCAR’s vice president of competition, Robin Pemberton, didn’t anticipate what action, if any, would be taken against Gordon.

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Crash, fight erupt between NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer

According to CBS, Jeff Gordon ran Clint Bowyer into a wall during Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway that ignited flames and a fight.

The driver’s made contact while racing for position, and the impact cut Gordon’s tire, sending him into the wall, CBS said.

The story reported that Gordon limped around for a handful of laps, ignoring NASCAR’s black flag until he came across Bowyer, and then turned into his car to trigger a multi-car crash.

On twitter this morning, Darrell Waltrip tweeted, “some of you will find this hard to believe, when #JeffGordon was going after #ClintBowyer, last thing he was thinking about was TV ratings.”

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Check out the video of the crash and fight:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway

Concussions are one of the most talked about sports injuries right now, and officials across many leagues are taking them more seriously than ever.

After Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion following a 25-car accident on Oct. 7, in addition to an untreated concussion from Aug. 29, neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty ordered the NASCAR driver to sit out two races to recover.

Today it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. could return to the track.

According to foxnewssports.com, the injury snapped Earnhardt’s streak of more than 461 consecutive starts, which is the fifth-longest active streak in the Spring Cup Series, and ends his shot to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

The story said that Earnhardt underwent a rehabilitation program directed by Dr. Petty and has been given the OK to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

 

 

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NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin slams into wall at 202 mph

NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin slammed into a wall while test driving at the Kansas Speedway. He was said to be going 202 miles an hour, according to dispatch.com.

The drive was part of a full-field test on Kansas’ new asphalt when he clipped the rear of his car on the wall entering the first turn, the story said. The car shot toward the apron and Hamlin said in the article that he over-corrected, which sent his car hurtling into the wall.

Hamlin was ok.

“Little disappointed in losing that car,” Hamlin said. “That car was pretty quick.”

 

 

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About an hour later, Hamlin was on the track in his backup car.

The NASCAR driver is currently third in the standings, just 15 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Juan Pablo Montoya sports Taylor Swift on hood of his racecar

Country music singer Taylor Swift will be featured on the hood of Juan Pablo Montoya’s car as part of his paint scheme for the Kansas NASCAR race this weekend.

It’s a cross-promotional effort between sponsor Target, which will be featuring the deluxe version of Swift’s album, “Red,” according to sbtnation.com.

“It’ll definitely draw some attention out on the race track,” said the No. 42 racer in the article.

Check out the car below:

NASCAR announces rule changes

According to Autoweek.com, NASCAR is eliminating the to-25 qualifying rule, reducing by three of the size of the field in the Nationwide Series, and it is changing testing rules for all three of its top series.

Starting with the 2013 season, the top 35 cars in owners’ points won’t be guaranteed a spot in the Spring Cup field, the story said. NASCAR will use a 36-6-1 format, meaning the fastest 36 cars make the race on speed, and the next size highest ranking cars in owners points not already qualified then earn a starting spot, followed by the most recent eligible past champion driver, the story reported.

In addition to qualifying rules, NASCAR was said to announce changes to testing rules for the 2013 season. Spring Cup Series teams will be allowed up to four tests at tracks where the series compete, Autoweek reported. Before, teams could only test at tracks that didn’t hold NASCAR national series events.

As for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, racers will be allowed two tests per organization at tracks where those series compete. The story said if the organization has an official Rookie of the Year candidate, then that team will receive one additional test. Also, NASCAR will open track activity early for extended practice at two additional events per series, to be determined, Autoweek reported.

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Photo Credit: Autoweek
 

 

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Sam Hornish Jr. on PowerBlock!

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Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish Jr. is Courtney’s guest this weekend on PowerBlock! Sam drives the #22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge in NASCAR’s Cup series and he’s a 3 time Indy Car Champion who also won the Indy 500 in 2006. Penske Racing and Sam have partnered with Scott Pro Shop Towels and he’ll remind you there’s still time to enter the “Take The Challenge Sweepstakes” for a chance to win a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT. Enter at ScottProShopTowels.com You only have until October 15th! Plus Sam is an avid car enthusiast too, he has a pretty cool car collection that we’ll talk about on October 13th & 14th.

NASCAR releases Sprint Cup Series schedule

According to sportingnews.com, the schedule change this season was done to allow for more time for a repaving project at Kansas Speedway.

Feb. 24: Daytona
March 3: Phoenix
March 10: Las Vegas
March 17: Bristol
March 24: California
April 7: Martinsville
April 13: Texas
April 21: Kansas
April 27: Richmond
May 5: Talladega
May 11: Darlington
May 18: All-Star
May 26: Charlotte
June 2: Dover
June 9: Pocono
June 16: Michigan
June 23: Sonoma
June 29: Kentucky
July 6: Daytona
July 14: New Hampshire
July 28: Indy
Aug. 4: Pocono
Aug. 11: Watkins Glen
Aug. 18: Michigan
Aug. 24: Bristol
Sept. 1: Atlanta
Sept. 7: Richmond
Sept. 15: Chicago
Sept. 22: New Hampshire
Sept. 29: Dover
Oct. 6: Kansas
Oct. 12: Charlotte
Oct. 20: Talladega
Oct. 27: Martinsville
Nov. 3: Texas
Nov. 10: Phoenix
Nov. 17: Homestead

Photo Credit: Sportingnews.com

You never know what’s could be in store for 2013, whether it’s helmet-throwing, rear-end grabbing or crashing. (Especially in pit road.)

 

 

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