Hendrick Drivers Paying A Price

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have been docked 100 points each in the Nextel Cup driver standings. And their crew chiefs were both fined 100-thousand dollars, suspended for six races and put on probation through the rest of the year.

It's the result of last week's violations at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, where the two Hendrick Motorsports cars failed inspection on Friday.

NASCAR refused to let either driver on the track the rest of the day. But the cars were altered in time to pass inspection Saturday and were allowed to race Sunday. Gordon, a four-time series champion, finished seventh while defending Nextel Cup champion Johnson was 17th.

Gordon remains the Nextel Cup points leader after the deduction,
but his margin was cut to 171 points over Denny Hamlin. Johnson
dropped from third to fifth.