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Jeff Gordon's temper has cost him $100,000 and 25 championship points. NASCAR penalized the 4-time champ for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer Sunday.

8:57 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Jeff Gordon's temper has cost him $100,000 and 25 championship points.  NASCAR penalized the 4-time champ for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer Sunday.

Car owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Alan Gustafson were also fined as was Bowyer's crew chief, Brian Pattie.  Points leader Brad Keselowski was also fined $25,000 for having a cell phone in his car.

Here is the official explanation of those penalties from NASCAR:

NASCAR announced today penalties to three teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway.

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.

All of these violations occurred during the Nov. 11 event at PIR.

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