Gordon fined $10,000 for shove at Bristol

By Wire services
Published March 29, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeff Gordon, who angrily shoved Matt Kenseth after Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Bristol, Tenn., drew a $10,000 fine from NASCAR on Tuesday. It's the first time in Gordon's 14-year career that he has been penalized for his conduct.

Don't expect Gordon, placed on probation until Aug. 30, to turn into another driver constantly under NASCAR's watch like Tony Stewart or Kurt Busch. But the image-conscious Gordon says he is letting loose the emotion he has kept bottled up over the years.

"For many, many years I've been so reserved from controversy," he said. "I was just so concerned with "What was this person going to think?' and "What was that person going to think?' and I was more caught up in that than I was in being true to myself.

"What you see today is a more truer Jeff Gordon and who I really am. I'm not a robot. I have a personality and I have emotions and I have a humorous side to me and an angry side to me."

SPENCER IN NO. 49: BAM Racing said Jimmy Spencer will replace rookie Brent Sherman in the No. 49 Dodge for Sunday's race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Spencer will join BAM as an adviser and mentor for Sherman, and could run more races this season.