(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points on Monday, for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer during Sunday’s race at Phoenix. The incident resulted in a fight between the two teams.
“I always respected Jeff for standing his ground,” said team owner Rick Hendrick in a released statement. “We also respect that NASCAR needs to police the sport and send a message when situations like this occur. It’s been a great year and we’re going to put our focus on finishing in a positive way this weekend.”
Gordon was also placed on probation through the end of the year along with his crew chief, Alan Gustafson.
“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a released statement. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”
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