Joe Gibbs Racing statement on penalty

Statements from Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing Regarding NASCAR Penalty DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 30, 2004) - NASCAR has penalized NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart following a garage area incident with fellow driver Brian ...

Statements from Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing Regarding NASCAR Penalty

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 30, 2004) - NASCAR has penalized NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart following a garage area incident with fellow driver Brian Vickers after last Sunday's race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Stewart, driver of the #20 Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, was docked 25 championship points, fined $50,000 and placed on probation until Aug. 18. The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Team was also docked 25 owner points

The following is a statement from Tony Stewart:

"I understand and accept NASCAR's penalty. With NASCAR's continued growth and their rise in mainstream popularity, I realize their rules have become stricter than they were in the past. And after meeting with Brian France (NASCAR Chairman and CEO), I know it's my job to live within those rules.

"I'm putting this incident behind me and I plan no further comments. I'm going to focus on Daytona and the remaining races before the final 10-race run for the championship."

The following is a statement from J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing:

"On behalf of everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, we agree with NASCAR that Tony Stewart's actions after the Sonoma race were unacceptable. We understand the reason for the penalties handed down by NASCAR and we accept their decision."

-jgr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Brian Vickers
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing