Heated words were exchanged between the pair, then after Stanbrough walked away with the crowd roaring its approval, his car owner walked to the track and heated words were then exchanged with crew members of Jones’ team.
Witnesses, including a member of the Sheriff’s Department, claimed they heard Jones state that the contact was intentional although Jones stated on his Twitter account to the contrary.
Having spoken with Jones on many occasions, he seems to be a likable enough guy, but counting the B-main, contact between him and other cars resulted in at least five cars receiving significant damage with three of those cars getting upside down.
Already this year, there have been drivers put on probation for what was deemed “avoidable contact” and just because Jones might be a nice guy and a five-time series champion, the same rules should apply. He drives for arguably the best-funded team in the series while at least two of the cars that he had a hand in getting upside down don’t have a fraction of the resources available to them.
USAC stepped up to the plate Monday and docked Jones 25 championship points and put him on probation for the remainder of the season.
USAC has made similar calls before. When Steve Butler and Bill Rose got together at Terre Haute, series officials suspended Butler, which for all intents and purposes ended his stellar racing career. Then in 1998, after Kevin Thomas felt like he had been done wrong by Tony Elliott and vowed revenge when he and Elliott were running first and second in the points chase prior to a race at the Winchester Speedway with the season winding down, they suspended him for the threats he made. That call by USAC assured Elliott of his first national title.