Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Updated: February 21, 1:35 PM ET
Robby Gordon's crew chief suspended, fined after Daytona 500
ESPN.com news services
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robby Gordon was docked 100 points and his crew chief was suspended for six races and fined $100,000 for infractions found at Daytona International Speedway.
Gordon had an unapproved front bumper cover on his No. 7 Dodge during opening day inspection for the Daytona 500. The deduction of points drops him from ninth in the standings to 40th.
Frank Kerr, the crew chief, was fined $100,000 and is not eligible to return to the track until the April 12 race in Phoenix. Kerr was also placed on probation through the end of the year.
Gordon said he will appeal the decision.
"This was an innocent mistake made by someone not even on my team," Gordon said. "They accidentally supplied us the new Dodge noses that NASCAR hasn't yet approved because of what amounted to a clerical error. It was discovered during technical inspection and corrected before the race. It was not even close to being an intent to create some competitive advantage, and the mistake was not even made by my team.
"I hope that NASCAR can reconsider [the penalties] when they have all the facts."
In the Truck Series, Todd Bodine was fined 25 points and car owner Stephen Germain was fined 25 points for an infraction found before qualifying. Mike Hillman Jr., the crew chief, was fined $10,000 and suspended for the next four Truck Series events. He was also placed on probation until the end of the year.
Rick Renn, the crew chief for Ron Hornaday Jr., was fined $5,000 for a violation found in opening day inspection.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.