Gordon Receives Penalty

Push came to shove for Jeff Gordon and NASCAR on Tuesday.

The sanctioning body that Gordon has been fined $10,000 as a result of his shove to the chest of Matt Kenseth after Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Gordon was also placed on probation until Aug. 30, 2006 and cited for violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup rule book.

The altercation came after Kenseth bumped Gordon out of the third spot on the last lap of Sunday's race. The two had made earlier contact.

"Kenseth got shuffled out and he was holding guys up," said Gordon, who finished 21st. "We went down into (turn) 1 afterwards and he just wrecked me. I'm sure he didn't mean to do it and all that stuff. But I wasn't happy about it and I showed it to him after the race."

It's the first time in Gordon's 14-year career that he's been penalized for his conduct.

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