Report: NASCAR’s Pemberton calls Gordon-Keselowski tangle ‘over the line,’ penalties to those involved likely


NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton and other sanctioning body officials are likely going to be looking at more film over the next day or two than most NFL coaches.

And when Pemberton and Co. finish their review, it’s likely there are going to be penalties stemming from the post-race brawl between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and a multitude of others from both drivers’ respective teams.

“We knew the format was going to put a lot of pressure on people to perform and make aggressive moves and decisions out there on the racetrack,” Pemberton told reporters outside the NASCAR hauler after Sundays race. “You could see the result of that after the race.”

As for reviewing film from both during and after the race, Pemberton added, “We’re going to take our time. We have a lot of film to review and things like that. The important thing is to make the right decision at the end of the day. … You have to look at everything out there post-race.”

Click here for Pemberton’s post-race session with the media.

Interestingly, Pemberton acknowledged that “It was hard racing. This is a contact sport. If you look at what drivers are trying to do, we had a couple shots at a green-white-checker finish and everybody was going for it. Nobody was leaving anything behind.”

But then Pemberton told The Charlotte Observer that the tangle was “over the line” and that penalties will be coming either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Keselowski is still on probation from the confrontations he had with Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick at Charlotte three weeks ago.

One of the most interesting parts of the Observer’s story is that those involved in the brawl may not necessarily have been from Gordon’s or Keselowski’s teams.

Hence the film review by Pemberton and others. They want to see if they identify those that were involved in the fight, who threw punches (likely including those who struck both Gordon and Keselowski).

It should be interesting if NASCAR takes action against Gordon in particular. Two years ago in the Chase race at Phoenix, Gordon and his crew got into it with Clint Bowyer and his team on pit road after the race. Gordon was subsequently fined $100,000 and docked 25 championship points by NASCAR for both intentionally wrecking Bowyer on the track and then being part of the post-race fight.

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