Crew members fined for their part in brawl

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Crew members fined for their part in brawl



Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from Nascar on Tuesday for their post-race fight at Texas. Two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl.

Nascar suspended three Hendrick crew members for six races for being “involved in a post-race physical altercation’’ and fined them each $25,000. A fourth Hendrick crew member was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races for the same offense.

Gordon Crew Chief Alan Gustafson and Kasey Kahne Crew Chief Kenny Francis were each fined $50,000 and placed on probation for six races because “the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members.’’

Nascar senior vice president of competition, Robin Pemberton, said the post-race actions were “unacceptable’’ following a review of content of the incident. Nascar “identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others.’’

“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,’’ Pemberton said.

AP

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