Earlier this evening NASCAR pushed out emails to members of the media. When I got the email, I was expecting just a simple explanation of the penalties for Jeff Gordon. What we got was completely different. NASCAR handed out a handful of penalties!
It was expected to see some of the penalties they gave out, but at the very end came one last penalty nobody expected to see. So let’s recap them all!
- Jeff Gordon: Fined $100,000, docked 25 drivers points, and placed on probation until December 31st
- Rick Hendrick: Docked 25 championship owner points
- Alan Gustafson: Placed on probation until December 31st
- Brian Pattie: Fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31st
And this is the penalty nobody saw coming at all…
- Brad Keselowski: Fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31st
So if you’re like me, you’re wondering why on earth he was penalized. Well, the rule he broke is in the rulebook under “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)”
Yes, Keselowski has been penalized for having his cell phone in his car during the red flag Sunday.
Now let’s go back to Daytona:
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 28, 2012
And then later this year back at Richmond:
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 9, 2012
After both of these events, many fans voiced concern that Keselowski was cheating. He wasn’t. NASCAR confirmed it and said that they had no problem with Brad tweeting from his car under the red flag. In fact, at Daytona, NASCAR said it was good for the sport that he tweeted that picture.
Now we’re in Phoenix and drama is all over the place while Keselowski remains in his car under a red flag. ESPN airs in-car footage of Keselowski and he’s on his phone checking Twitter.
Now, NASCAR has a problem with it. It makes no sense for the sanctioning body to deem it okay to do something and then all of a sudden slap a fine on a driver for doing what they ruled as legal.
If you ask me, I think NASCAR was looking for a scapegoat to penalize Keselowski for his profanity laced rant during his press conference after the race Sunday. And they saw this as an opportunity…