- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 26, 2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon were fined a total of $30,000 by NASCAR yesterday for their post-race antics at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Harvick was fined $15,000 and placed on probation until Aug.28 for grabbing Greg Biffle after Saturday's Busch series race.
Gordon loses $10,000 and also goes on probation until the same date for spinning out Earnhardt on pit road after Sunday's Winston Cup race. His punishment was identical to what Tony Stewart received a year ago for the same violation at Bristol.
Earnhardt Jr. was fined $5,000, but was not placed on probation, for banging into Gordon's car on the cool-down lap.
Gordon and Earnhardt tangled early in the race and continued over the course of the 500 laps.
In the race's waning moments, Earnhardt, who led a race-high 181 laps, couldn't get by Gordon's lapped car as he raced toward a top-five finish. So Earnhardt bumped Gordon after the race was over, and Gordon retaliated by spinning him on crowded pit road.
"He was a lap down and racing the leaders," said Earnhardt, who finished fourth.
"He was a lap down and he held us up early in the race."
Gordon, who finished 20th, said he was just returning the treatment he received from Earnhardt earlier Sunday.
"The only reason he finished [fourth] was because he moved everybody out of the way," Gordon said. "I don't know what I did to make him mad. But, hey, nobody runs into me."


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