Johnson fined for improper use of cardboard

NEXTEL Cup series point leader, Jimmie Johnson, has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for placing a large Lowe's sign in front of PowerAde bottles in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway. Johnson, who has a personal deal with Gatorade, is one of the ...

NEXTEL Cup series point leader, Jimmie Johnson, has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for placing a large Lowe's sign in front of PowerAde bottles in Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway. Johnson, who has a personal deal with Gatorade, is one of the drivers that have taken to knocking the PowerAde bottles off the car in Victory Lane.

Two weeks ago during the driver's meeting at New Hampshire International Raceway, NASCAR President Mike Helton warned drivers not to remove marketing products from atop their cars in victory lane.

PowerAde pays NASCAR marketing dollars to have a presence in Victory Lane.

The sanctioning body fined him $10,000 for "failing to follow the directive of a NASCAR official as well as actions detrimental to stock car racing," in violation of Sections 12-2 and 12-4-A, respectively, of the Nextel Cup rule book.

During the course of celebrations on Sunday, the sign was knocked off the car, picked up and placed back on the roof by NASCAR official, Dave Finley. Johnson, one of NASCAR's 'young guns' was clearly not amused with NASCAR's penalty.

"The bottom line is I'm just trying to defend my options as a driver. I don't really have a way to stand up for it," Johnson said. "TV wants me to stay in the car. I really wasn't left with an option and got in trouble with it. I've got to find a way to protect my car."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Mike Helton