March 5, 1997 in Sports

Post-Race Bumping Is Costly: Little $10,000, Gordon $5,000

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Winston Cup driver Chad Little of Spokane was fined $10,000 Tuesday and driver Robby Gordon $5,000 for rough driving at the end of Sunday’s Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR announced.

The fines stem from a battle that started when Gordon bumped Little into the wall in the fourth turn of the final lap. Little retaliated by ramming the back of Gordon’s car as the cars circled the track after the race. There was a shouting match afterward.

Gordon, of Cerritos, Calif., finished 28th and took home $21,215. Little was 34th and collected $11,065 in the race won by Rusty Wallace.

“There’s just no reason for someone to hit me on the last lap of the race when we’re not even racing for position,” said Little after the race. “I lost my temper after the race, but I’m not just going to sit back and let someone put me into the wall without letting them know about it.”

Gordon said he was trying to get past Michael Waltrip for 27th place.

“He (Little) ran into me after the race and tore up the car,” Gordon said. “I ran back into him, and now we’ve got two junk cars. It just doesn’t make much sense. He ran into me first.”

Longtime motorcycle racer Roger Reiman, who won the first Daytona 200 motorcycle race, has died after crashing during practice for the BMW Battle of the Legends racing series. He was 58.


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