Texas penalties make Jeff Gordon’s organisation arch feel like ‘second-class citizen’

Alan Gustafson, organisation arch for Jeff Gordon, isn’t worried that NASCAR deemed him obliged for a purpose that several members of Gordon’s No. 24 group played in a post-race rumpus with Brad Keselowski and members of a No. 2 group final Sunday during Texas Motor Speedway.

Gustafson is reduction than thrilled, however, that NASCAR levied multi-race suspensions on 3 Gordon organisation members who were concerned in a tussle. The supporting physique also dangling a organisation member for teammate Kasey Kahne.

Additionally, NASCAR fined a 4 organisation members, and released a stiffest fines of all — $50,000 — opposite Gustafson and Kahne organisation arch Kenny Francis since “the organisation arch assumes shortcoming for a actions of his group members.”

Gordon and Keselowski, who both walked divided from a post-race quarrel with cuts to their faces, were not penalized.

“I only feel like there’s a transparent (message) … group members aren’t as critical as drivers,” Gustafson told FOXSports.com during Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon when asked about his greeting to a penalties. “I consider they done that clear. we privately feel a small bit like a second-class citizen, and we consider a lot of a group members do, too. we hatred (that) those guys took a brunt of it, that we don’t unequivocally feel like they were obliged for, in my opinion. we don’t consider they went and instituted any of this, nor had that intention.”

The suspensions, that Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal, meant that 3 members of Gordon’s group contingency lay out this weekend’s competition during Phoenix and subsequent weekend’s deteriorate culmination during Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gordon is one of 8 drivers still in a hunt for a 2014 Sprint Cup Series title, and now binds a final send mark to be among a 4 drivers who will competition for a championship in a one-race, winner-take-all showdown during Homestead.

“Unfortunately, their eventuality to competition for a championship and do what they adore to do is going to be gone, formed on a events that happened, and we don’t consider that’s fair,” Gustafson pronounced of a dangling organisation members. “I consider NASCAR’s creation a accordant bid to illustrate they wish a drivers to be means to do what they wish to do on a racetrack and have no result for it, and have no burden for it. we consider that generates a many play on a track, and that’s what they’re looking for.”

Although Hendrick Motorsports won’t interest a penalties, a classification announced on Thursday that it would feet a check for all a fines released opposite a employees.

The sum volume to be paid: $185,000.

“We support a guys, and we support what they do, so that’s what that’s about,” Gustafson said.

In further to a fines on Gustafson and Francis, NASCAR placed both organisation chiefs on trial for 6 races — a chastisement that will lift over into a initial 4 races of 2015.

But distinct a dangling crewmen, Gustafson and Francis will be means to continue their duties as usual, supposing they are not strike with additional penalties while on probation.

“That’s only a order that’s been in place for a prolonged time that a organisation arch assumes all shortcoming for a parties,” Gustafson said. “I don’t have an emanate with that. we assume shortcoming for those guys’ actions, and we mount behind them and I’m excellent with that. They need to have some indicate of hit — we know that. There has to be one chairman obliged for a event, and we take shortcoming for that.

“I don’t have an emanate with that. we only have an emanate with a guys holding a brunt of a penalty, and we don’t feel like that’s indispensably satisfactory to them.”

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