NASCAR issues penalties, suspensions following brawl at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, reacts after a fight involving Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 02: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, reacts after a fight involving Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR handed down penalties Tuesday resulting from the post-race melee at Texas Motor Speedway.  Sunday night shortly after the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500, driver Jeff Gordon confronted Brad Keselowski.   The two had made contact on the track in the final laps of the race; Keselowski finished third, Gordon 29th.

After the race on pit road Gordon began exchanging words with Keselowski. The two were held apart by crewmembers.  Another driver, Kevin Harvick pushed Keselowski from behind and towards Gordon. The move touched off the brawl that involved the drivers and crewmembers. It took several minutes to completely settle down; both Gordon and Keselowski had bloody lips in the aftermath.

NASCAR suspended crewmembers from Hendrick Motorsports teams they determined threw punches during the brawl. Jeremy Fuller, a crew member with the No. 5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle, crew members with the No. 24 team, were each  fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. Dean Mozingo, a crewmember with the No. 24 team, has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. MORE>>>

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