NASCAR announced late Monday night various penalties for various peoples actions during the Sprint Cup Race Sunday in Phoenix. Jeff Gordon, Brian Pattie, Brad Keselowski and Alan Gustafson all received penalties. Among the surprises were Jeff Gordon’s very mild penalty and a penalty for Brad Keselowski who did something that brought fans into the sport.
Jeff Gordon had a very mild penalty for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer with two laps remaining in the AdvoCare 500. Gordon was not suspended which surprised many and Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 points and he was placed on probation until December 31. Gordon’s team owner Rick Hendrick was docked 25 owners points and Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation until December 31.
Clint Bowyer’s crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31. The penalties for Pattie were based off the No.15 crew’s actions after they were involved in an altercation with Jeff Gordon’s crew.
The most surprising penalty was for Brad Keselowski who was not involved in any wrecks. Keselowski was fined $25,000 for having his cell phone in his car. Keselowski always carries his cell phone in his car because he would like to be able to let his family know he’s ok if he gets in a bad accident. Keselowski is famous for the “tweet heard round the world” when he tweeted a picture from his car during a red flag period during the 2012 Daytona 500. Keselowski and the other drivers were aware after the Daytona race that drivers are no longer allowed to carry their cell phones in their cars. Keselowski was caught on an ESPN camera, using his cell phone during the red flag period during the AdvoCare 500.
With the penalties that were handed out, NASCAR told the teams that what happened Sunday is not tolerable and shouldn’t happen again unless you would like a fine or penalty. With no suspensions handed out, all crews and drivers that were at the track this past weekend will be back at Homestead. I would keep an eye on Clint Bowyer this weekend at Homestead-Miami for a potential pay-back to Jeff Gordon.