NASCAR's favorite son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has been fined $10,000 and docked 25 driver and owner points after an intentional spin at Bristol Motor Speedway. A lug nut problem caused Earnhardt to begin sliding backwards through the field at lap 417, and the No. 8 Chevy then spun at lap 430 bringing out a caution.
"The driver of the No. 8 car was quite vocal in admitting he intentionally spun out his car to cause a caution condition on the track, which is clearly prohibited in the NASCAR Rule Book," NASCAR President Mike Helton said. "We have several rules in our Rule Book that have been in place for quite some time to prevent someone from altering the outcome of an event. This was a clear-cut case of that. Actions such as this will not be tolerated. We will always react to protect the integrity of our sport."
Earnhardt's rankings will be adjusted to 832 points, but remains third in overall scoring.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was traveling and could not be reached for comment.