posted on Oct, 5 2004 @ 09:20 AM
what a shocker this is, i really didn't think that nascar would follow through
Penalty drops Earnhardt out of first place
October 5, 2004
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. was knocked out of first place in the Nextel Cup by a slip of the tongue.
Earnhardt was docked 25 points and fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing during a TV interview after his victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
Asked Sunday by NASCAR broadcaster NBC about the significance of his fifth victory at Talladega, Earnhardt said, "It don't mean s--- right now.
Daddy's won here 10 times."
Now, instead of leading Kurt Busch by 13 points in the Nextel Cup standings, Earnhardt trails by 12 with seven races left in the season.
In February, NASCAR president Mike Helton told drivers to watch their language on radio and television. Less than a month later, he showed he meant
it: Johnny Sauter was fined and lost 25 points for swearing during a radio interview following a Busch Series race in Las Vegas.