Jun 26, 2007
PENALTY: Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson were penalized 100 points.
The No. 24 driven by Jeff Gordon and the No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson -- were found to be in violation of 2007 NASCAR rule book. The violations were found during the initial inspection process last Friday.
As a result, Gordon and Johnson have each been penalized 100 driver championship points. Their respective crew chiefs -- Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus -- have each been fined $100,000, suspended for the next six Nextel Cup Series events until Aug. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2007.
In addition, Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24, has been penalized 100 car owner championship points as has Gordon, who is the owner of the No. 48.
NASCAR parked the cars of Gordon and Johnson on Friday at Sonoma after each failed its Car of Tomorrow inspection prior to that day's activities at Infineon Raceway. Neither car was allowed on the track for the opening practice session of that day's qualifying. In initial inspection Friday, NASCAR officials discovered a 10-inch piece of front fender on each of the Hendrick cars had been modified illegally.