Suspending Jeff Gordon is the right thing for NASCAR to do

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, is damaged during an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, is damaged during an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jeff Gordon admitted it. Millions of people witnessed it, but in the end NASCAR did little more than slap Gordon on the wrist.

During the late stages of the NASCAR Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Gordon was racing for position with Clint Bowyer. The two cars touched entering a turn and Gordon was sent towards the outside wall. Gordon was able to recover and continue. A few laps later, Gordon slowed enough to allow Bowyer to get beside him entering turn four. Gordon then turned down into Bowyer sending both cars into the wall and collecting Joey Logano is the process. All three cars were out of the race.

Gordon was able to take his mangled machine to the garage area. Shortly after getting out of the car, Gordon was assaulted by members of Bowyer’s crew. Gordon’s crew then jumped in and a melee ensued that took several minutes to break up.  During the fracas, Bowyer ran from his car on the frontstretch to Gordon’s hauler and had to be restrained. MORE>>>

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