Crew chief suspensions, hefty fines merely a slap on the wrist

How should NASCAR punish teams that push for an unfair advantage? Crew chief suspensions and fines are a mere slap on the wrist, writes Terry Blount. One solution? Suspend the entire team.

Updated: June 24, 2007, 6:11 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

SONOMA, Calif. -- Why did they do it?

The cars for Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson had illegal body modifications Friday morning. Neither team was allowed to practice or qualify.

They will start in the back Sunday for the Toyota/Save Mart 300 in cars capable of winning on the Infineon Raceway road course.

Gordon has a 264-point lead in the Nextel Cup standings. Johnson is third, 73 points behind Gordon. Both men are safely inside the 12-driver cutoff for the Chase playoff, ...

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