Robby Gordon Penalized 50 Owner And Driver Points

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IMay 27, 2009

CONCORD, NC - MAY 21: Robby Gordon, driver of the #7 Jim Beam/Operation Home Front Toyota, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 21, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

Two days after Robby Gordon used pit strategy to bring home a third-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR took 50 of the points he earned away.

NASCAR announced on Wednesday that the No. 7 team had been issued a penalty as a result of a rules violation committed earlier this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

According to NASCAR, the No. 7 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-41 (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-10.6H (rear axle housing exceeded the maximum specified toe of plus or minus one degree) of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.

The violation was found during the post-race inspection Monday.

The penalty issued to Gordon included the loss of 50 championship owner and 50 championship driver points.

Gordon's Crew Chief Kirk Almquist was also fined $50,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Andrew Cmkovic, a crew member of the No. 07 team was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating Section 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 rule book.

NASCAR listed the date of the rules infraction as May 21.