NASCAR Notes - Gordon apologizes for causing wreck at Loudon

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

DOVER, Del. -- Robby Gordon apologized for purposely wrecking Greg Biffle during last Sunday's race at New Hampshire. The wreck crippled the championship hopes of Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart.

But is Gordon's mea culpa good enough?

Equally important was the way NASCAR handled the wreck. The sanctioning body penalized Gordon two laps for rough driving, hardly the kind of sanction Mayfield and Stewart wanted since they spent more than 50 laps in the garage making repairs.

Tuesday, Gordon seemed to confirm the accident was intentional, saying he let him emotions get the best of him.

"I allowed my frustration with the 16 car (Biffle) to affect two other teams, both of which have great shots to win a championship, and for that I am sorry," he said.

In 2002 Kevin Harvick was ordered off the racetrack during a Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville, Va., for threatening to spin Coy Gibbs, then doing it. And when Harvick parked his truck directly behind the NASCAR transporter, the sanctioning body extended his penalty to include the Nextel Cup Series race the following day.

Harvick and Gordon did the same thing: Promise on the radio to wreck a fellow driver, then doing it. Harvick was "parked" for the rest of the race; Gordon was penalized two laps.

"When you race with idiots, some things are going to happen," said Greg Zipadelli, Stewart's crew chief. "It's just disappointing. We're going to Dover to win."

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