Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been docked 100 points each, and their crew chiefs suspended for six races, as a result of technical violations discovered during inspections before last weekend’s race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. As you might expect, the drivers (both with Hendrick Motorsports) and NASCAR have slightly different views of the situation.
Quoth Nextel Cup Director John Darby:
Now if this penalty won’t stop it, we have no problems ramping up…. We can keep going, and we will until we get the results we’re looking for.
And, in the other corner, team owner Rick Hendrick had this to say:
We are disappointed in NASCAR’s decision and feel the penalties are excessive. Right now all of our options are being evaluated, including our personnel situation and a possible appeal to the National Stock Car Racing Commission.
Sounds like a power struggle to me. Good times…