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Jeff Gordon was fined $100,000 by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer that led to a brawl between their crews Sunday during the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Speedway.
Gordon was not suspended for the season's last race, just fined $100,000 and docked 25 Sprint Cup Series championship points. Gordon's crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation until Dec. 31.
Video: Gordon-Bowyer crew fight
"I take responsibility for my actions on the race track," Gordon said in a statement. "I accept NASCAR's decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead."
"I've always respected Jeff for standing his ground," owner of Gordon's No.24 Rick Hendrick said. "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."
Bowyer's crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and also placed on probation until Dec. 31
Gordon intentionally wrecked Boyer's No.15 Toyota after Bowyer hit Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet towards the end of the race in Phoenix.
Bowyer attempted to go after Gordon as he jumped out of his car and ran towards Gordon's transporter truck, but he was stopped before he could get to Gordon.
Brad Keslowski was also fined by NASCAR for $25,000 and placed on probation for having a smartphone in his car during the race. The camera inside Keslowski's No. 2 Dodge showed him using the smartphone while the race was stopped for 15 minutes to clean up the Gordon-Bowyer wreck.
"Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "The decisions announced [Monday] cover NASCAR's full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.
"There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them."
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