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NASCAR: Robby Gordon suspended for the Nextel Cup at Pocono

NASCAR suspended Robby Gordon for the Nextel Cup Race at Pocono because of his actions at the Bush Series in Canada.

NASCAR: Robby Gordon suspended for the Nextel Cup at Pocono Robby Gordon was suspended from the Nextel Cup at Pocono this Sunday, after officials claimed that he intentionally knocked Marcos Ambrose out of the race and refused to pull off the track when ordered. Gordon blames the call the officials made for the way he reacted.

 Meanwhile, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp was quoting the rules, which allow the officials to make the call if they feel that the driver poses a threat to the order on the racetrack. "The way he performed and his actions on the track, in our mind, certainly disrupted the conduct of that event. We're not going to permit that, we're not going to allow that," he said addressing Robby Gordon's behavior.

 According to Gordon, NASCAR will allow him to compete in the Busch Series and Nextel Cup races next week at Watkins Glen. He also posted an apology on his website, part of which read:

 "I want to start by expressing my regrets to the sponsors, fans, and all competitors for any part I played in the miscommunication, confusion and uncertainty surrounding the finish in this weekend’s Busch race in Montreal. Immediately following the last caution when I was spun out by the 59 car, at first I was told that I was scored in first place and I should be in that position. Later, I was told that I was in second place and I assumed that position, which was fine. Moments before the green flag dropped, I was told that I was scored in 13th position."

 In an interview with Fox Sports Robby Gordon also commented: "In my defense, I was wrecked under caution. I was never running 13th so why should I ever have to go there? That's just a call that I feel that they made that put me in a situation to react the way I did."

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Published on 08/05/2007

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