One of NASCAR’s top racers was involved in one of the Sprint Cup Series’ ugliest displays this past weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer in the final laps and a brawl followed when Gordon made his way to the pit area.
In the fallout from the ugly incident, Gordon has been docked 25 Sprint Cup points and has been fined $100,000. Gordon has also been placed on probation until December 31st.
NASCAR issued a statement on the penalties issued.
“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,” Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice-president of competition, said. “We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.”
The crew chiefs of Gordon and Bowyer were also punished following the brawl.
Bowyer’s crew chief, Brian Pattie, was fined $25,000 for his crews attack on Gordon in the pits. Gordon’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, was placed on probation for the remainder of 2012.
Gordon explained his actions by simply saying it was an act of frustration.
”Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me, and he got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day,” Gordon said. “I’ve had it, fed up with it, and I got him back.”