CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon should have been parked.
According to an ESPN.com poll, 61 percent of more than 24,000 who voted agree.
I understand Gordon is a four-time champion, a great ambassador for the sport and one of the genuinely nicest people you'll ever meet. I understand he doesn't have a long history of roughing up drivers as Kyle Busch did when he was parked last year after wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. at a Truck series race in Texas.
I understand NASCAR is trying to get back to an era where drivers governed drivers on the track. I understand NASCAR has let this type of thing slide in the past without suspension, specifically 2010 when Carl Edwards was given a three-race probation for sending Brad Keselowski airborne at Atlanta.
But there has to be a limit. That limit was reached on Sunday when Gordon intentionally destroyed Clint Bowyer's car, ending any mathematical chance Bowyer had of competing for the championship.