Jimmy Spencer suspended for Bristol

NASCAR has suspended Jimmy Spencer for a week following his role in the altercation with fellow driver Kurt Busch following last weekend's Michigan race.This means Spencer will miss this Sunday's race at Bristol

Jimmy Spencer suspended for Bristol

Spencer has also been fined $25 000 and placed on probation until December 31st. Busch has received a similar probation for his part in the incident.

This is the first suspension of a driver since Kevin Harvick was held out of the Martinsville race in April 2002 for an on-track run-in with another driver in the preliminary Craftsman Truck race.

The quick and decisive action is a credit to NASCAR, which could have played on the matter by allowing both drivers to compete on the notoriously rough short track at Bristol. NASCAR has instead laid down the law.

"This was a very unfortunate situation," said NASCAR president Mike Helton in making the announcement. "Emotions are a part of every sport. However, there is a fine line. In this instance, that fine line was crossed."

Spencer may also face criminal charges, with the Lenawee County (Mich.) sheriff's office conducting an investigation to determine whether the matter should be given to a prosecutor.

Both teams have announced that they are to appeal the penalties.

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