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.
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
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
"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