Gordon, Keselowski, Pattie Fined After Phoenix
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Brad Keselowski was fined by NASCAR for using his phone during the red flag period at Phoenix.
By Steven Ellis
Jeff Gordon, who purposely wrecked champion contender Clint Bowyer in the closing laps of Sunday's Advocare 500 at Phoenix, has been fined $100,000, deducted 25 points in the NASCAR standings and has been placed on probation until December 31st. Not a great achievement for the four time champ.
To me, this is an absolute joke of a penalty (views are of my own), and had Kyle Busch done the exact same thing, he would have been kicked out until the end of mankind. Even though Bowyer wasn't likely to win the championship this year, he was still eligible and with the misfortunes of Jimmie Johnson earlier in the race, this could have been his chance to strike back and challenge Brad Keselowski. However, due to previous run-ins between the No. 15 and 24 this season, Jeff thought it was the correct time to strike.
But really, you choose to do something this unprofessional at that specific time? Sounds classy, Mr. Gordon.
Afterwards, as exciting as it was for fans, the 15 crew jumped Jeff after getting out of his car, starting a massive brawl involving both teams. Due to this, Bowyer's crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for failing to maintain control of his crew.
And here comes the strangest one of all: Brad Keselowski was fined $25,000 for having a phone in his car during the race. Wait, why wasn't he in trouble after his tweet during the Daytona 500 earlier this season? This is the first time any driver has been in trouble for having a phone during the race in their car. No wonder many places make it illegal to drive and text at the same time!