Brad Keselowski wasn’t involved in the late-race incident between Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and their respective teams at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, but that didn’t keep him away from the receiving end of a penalty on Monday.
Keselowski was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, because he had his cell phone in his car during the Adovocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
In its penalty announcement, NASCAR cited sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20.6.7A (cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, microprocessors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete) of the NASCAR rule book.
Carrying a cell phone in the race car was previously deemed permitted by the sanctioning body when it became public knowledge earlier this season that Keselowski had his phone in his race car. He became somewhat of a Twitter darling during a red flag earlier in the year at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway when he tweeted a photo of his view of the aftermath of an incident in which the No. 42 car of Juan Montoya hit a jet dryer under caution.
Soon after that incident NASCAR announced that Keselowski did nothing wrong and wouldn’t be penalized for having his phone in his car, because the phone didn’t give him any kind of unfair advantage.
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