The closing laps in the 2012 AdvoCare 500 featured an intentional wreck, a big fight and a red flag. Each of those three items lead to penalties that were delivered today to the folks involved.
- Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer. His car owner Rick Hendrick was also docked 25 car owner points. Gordon and his crew chief were both placed on probation through the end of the year.
- Clint Bowyer's crew chief was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year because the crew chief is responsible for the actions of the team when they jump another driver in the garage area.
- During the red flag Brad Keselowski was seen using his cell phone in his car. Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for his Twitter obsession.
I agree with the penalties for Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer's crew however the Brad Keselowski penalty truly seems hypocritical.
NASCAR loved the media exposure that Keselowski generated when he tweeted during the Daytona 500 but now at the end of the season he is penalized $25,000? I don't understand why it was OK in February but not in November.