Gordon penalized for rules violation
Robby Gordon has been penalized by NASCAR for a technical rule violation following his third place in Monday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
NASCAR confiscated the rear axle of Gordon's car after the conclusion of the rain-delayed event. Further checks at its research and development center in Concord, North Carolina found that the part exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree.
As a result, Gordon has been docked 50 points in the drivers' and owners' standings, in which he ranks 34th.
Gordon's crew chief Kirk Almquist has also been fined $50,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year.
During Monday's race, Gordon was one of three drivers who gambled on staying out while most in the field stopped for fuel and tires during the final caution of the day, shortly before officials red-flagged the event for the final time due to rain.