NASCAR parks Gordon after his actions in Busch race
Gordon said at Pocono that NASCAR will let him compete in the Busch Series and Nextel Cup races next week at Watkins Glen. That decision could be a huge break for Gordon, who is generally regarded as one of the top road course drivers around.
"We'll sit this weekend out, but we will come to Watkins Glen with a vengeance to win both races," he said.
However, Tharp said shortly before the start of the Cup race that additional disciplinary action was "something we're reviewing."
Gordon posted an apology for his antics in Montreal on his Web site.
"I want to start by expressing my regrets to the sponsors, fans, and all competitors for any part I played in the miscommunication, confusion and uncertainty surrounding the finish in this weekend's Busch race in Montreal," Gordon said.
"It was not my purpose to disrespect the authority of NASCAR or the officials. I do respect their authority to run the race and make the calls, and I understand the significance of the black flag. I strongly disagree with the calls that affected me at the end of the race. Being spun under the yellow and not being allowed to resume my position prior to the spin put me in a position to react as I did. Nonetheless, I accept NASCAR's decision and I intend to move forward under the rules."Gordon's problems began late in the inaugural Busch race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, when contact with Marcos Ambrose sent Gordon spinning and out of the lead. Gordon, feeling that he was still in the lead, or at least in second place behind Ambrose, when the caution waved -- thus freezing the field -- refused to line up in 13th as instructed by NASCAR.Gordon was black-flagged and NASCAR pulled his scorecard -- meaning his laps completed didn't count -- for refusing NASCAR's directives. When the race restarted for a green-white-checkered finish, Gordon was still second on the track behind Ambrose, with Kevin Harvick in third.Shortly after the green flag waved, Gordon got into the back of Ambrose, sending him spinning. That paved the way for Harvick's win, and also led to penalties against Gordon.While Gordon said Ambrose simply was slower through the turn, leading to the contact, NASCAR clearly felt it was intentional. That's why it parked Gordon as opposed to suspending him. If suspended, Gordon could have filed an immediate appeal and would have been eligible to race Sunday.
Mark Ashenfelter is an Associate Editor at ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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