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Robby Gordon fined, penalized

Robby Gordon has been fined and had points deducted for intentionally causing a caution during last Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

On Lap 292, NASCAR threw a caution for a piece of debris that turned out to be padding from a roll bar normally found inside a racecar.

Gordon was a lap down at the time of the caution. As the first car a lap down, Gordon was able to get his lap back because of NASCAR's lucky dog rule. Gordon would go on to finish 10th, his third top-10 finish of 2006.

After the race, replays provided by NBC appeared to show an object coming from Gordon's car onto the track. Gordon denied any wrongdoing Sunday night.

NASCAR reviewed tapes this week that weren't available to them Sunday. It also inspected Gordon's No. 7 Chevy before concluding Gordon intentionally caused the caution.

NASCAR fined Gordon $15,000 and deducted 50 driver championship points and 50 car owner championship points. NASCAR also placed Gordon on probation until Dec. 31.

NASCAR also fined Gordon's crew chief, Greg Erwin, and placed him on probation until Dec. 31.

-- NASCARWire@sportingnews.com