NASCAR and team statements on Phoenix penalties

Statement From Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition:

“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. The decisions announced today cover NASCAR’s full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.

Trouble for Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
Trouble for Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

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“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.”

Hendrick Motorsports statement

– Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal sanctions announced today by NASCAR regarding the No. 24 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Jeff Gordon.

“I’ve always respected Jeff for standing his ground,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “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.”

“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”

Michael Waltrip Racing official statement:

“We accept the penalties announced by NASCAR today and look forward to finishing what has been a breakthrough season for Michael Waltrip Racing.”

NASCAR/Hendrick Motorsports/Michael Waltrip Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Waltrip , Clint Bowyer
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Michael Waltrip Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags bowyer, gordon, hendrick, mwr, nascar, nascar-cup, pemberton, waltrip