Crew chiefs, crew members punished after Texas melee

Fines and suspensions have been announced for various crew members and crew chiefs following the altercation at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night. No drivers received punishment.

After observing video and various photos, three crew members have been fined $25,000 and suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races: Jeremy Fuller from the No. 5 team of Kasey Kahne, and Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle from Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team.

Another No. 24 crew member –Dean Mozingo—is suspended for the next three races and owes a $10,000 fine.

Crew chiefs Kenny Francis and Alan Gustafson have been fined $50,000 and placed on probation for the next six races. This is on the grounds that crew chiefs assume responsibility for the actions of the team members.

In a statement, NASCAR senior vice president Robin Pemberton said, “We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others. We therefore have penalized four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book.”

“A NASCAR championship is at stake, but we can’t allow behavior that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it puts others in harm’s way.”

The initial incident began on-track with two laps to go, when Brad Keselowski attempted to fill a hole left by Jeff Gordon. The two bumped, and the No. 24 slid back until his tire blew. Livid, he confronted Keselowski after the race. Crews surrounded the two as they bickered back and forth. In a twist, driver Kevin Harvick shoved Keselowski, and that caused punches to be thrown.

The suspensions and probations will run over into the 2015 season. Though the drivers got by without any issues, various crew members and crew chiefs have been punished for the fight at Texas.

Fines and suspensions have been announced for various crew members and crew chiefs following the altercation at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night. No drivers received punishment.

After observing video and various photos, three crew members have been fined $25,000 and suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races: Jeremy Fuller from the No. 5 team of Kasey Kahne, and Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle from Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team.

Another No. 24 crew member –Dean Mozingo—is suspended for the next three races and owes a $10,000 fine.

Crew chiefs Kenny Francis and Alan Gustafson have been fined $50,000 and placed on probation for the next six races. This is on the grounds that crew chiefs assume responsibility for the actions of the team members.

In a statement, NASCAR senior vice president Robin Pemberton said, “We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others. We therefore have penalized four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book.”

“A NASCAR championship is at stake, but we can’t allow behavior that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it puts others in harm’s way.”

The initial incident began on-track with two laps to go, when Brad Keselowski attempted to fill a hole left by Jeff Gordon. The two bumped, and the No. 24 slid back until his tire blew. Livid, he confronted Keselowski after the race. Crews surrounded the two as they bickered back and forth. In a twist, driver Kevin Harvick shoved Keselowski, and that caused punches to be thrown.

The suspensions and probations will run over into the 2015 season. Though the drivers got by without any issues, various crew members and crew chiefs have been punished for the fight at Texas.

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