NASCAR fined Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski $25,000 for having a cell phone in his race car, the governing body announced Monday. NASCAR issued penalties to three teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR did not say how the cell phone was discovered but issued the following statement regarding the penalty:
“Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car, has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-6.7A (cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, micro-processors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete) – driver had a cell phone in his possession onboard the race car.”
Keselowski kept fans informed and entertained during a red flag in the Daytona 500 by tweeting from his cell phone and he picked up over 100,000 followers in the process. He currently has over 322,000 Twitter followers. NASCAR said at the time of the Daytona 500 that he did not violate any rules, but some questioned whether the device could be used to a team’s advantage.
NASCAR also announced penalties to the teams of Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 11. The drivers tangled on the track Sunday and their teams tangled on pit road after Gordon ran into Bowyer in retaliation for an earlier incident on the track.
NASCAR issued the following statement regarding Gordon’s actions:
“Gordon, driver of the No. 24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) – altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race – and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members) and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.”
Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 15 car of Clint Bowyer, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31, NASCAR said.