Jeff Gordon, Alan Gustafson, Brian Pattie and......Brad Keselowski? Reprimanded
NASCAR is "confident" the punishment fits the crime in these "unique" circumstances.
In case you haven't already read it elsewhere, Jeff Gordon has been fined $100,000 and 25 Championship points and placed on probation until December 31st. His team owner, Rick Hendrick was also fined 25 owner points, and his crew chief, Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 for not have having control of his driver. He is also on probation until December 31st.
Obviously NASCAR didn't see what Jeff was talking about when he said Clint Bowyer had been running him over, as Clint escaped unscathed from the penalties. Well, unscathed in the most polite sense of the term, as he is now in 4th place in the Championship standings, rather than 3rd, 50 points back and mathematically eliminated, instead of in the hunt. His crew chief, Brian Pattie, was not so lucky. He was also fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31st. His penalty comes as a result of the 15 crew coming after Jeff Gordon as he made his way behind the wall.
Reactions to the penalties have been right across the spectrum, from "what ever happened to Boys have at it" to "Jeff Gordon should be parked!" to "Clint Bowyer deserved what he got".
What do you think?
Oh, and the penalty to Brad Keselowki?? Well Brad has been rather famous for tweeting, and on camera yesterday, during the ref flag, he was tweeting. Yep, Brad wanted to know what was going on, so he turned to social media. Brad was wondering exactly what was going on, so he asked. I follow him on twitter, so I saw that initial tweet and the 3 or 4 that followed. Once the red flag was withdrawn and the yellow replaced it, Brad put the phone back into his pouch on the "door". For that, Brad was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31st.
In case you forgot, last February at Daytona, Brad tweeted pictures of Juan Pablo Montoya's car and the Jet Dryer he hit. As a result, NASCAR implemented a new rule, prohibiting the possession of electronic devices in the car.
Give me a break.
If you watched any of the coverage after the race, that is, the interviews in the media center, you might have seen "Bad Brad" spouting off, using extensive profanity to express his displeasure at the actions on track and off by Jeff Gordon. He was particularly upset at the fact that he was ridiculed after Texas for actually RACING Jimmie Johnson. He let his emotions be seen and voiced his opinion.
But he wasn't fined for that.
Nope. Brad was fined for having a cell phone in the car.