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NASCAR Hands Down Stiff Penalties To Teams For Rule Violations During NRA 500

by TMS Media Relations | Apr 17, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2013) – Penalties have been handed down to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams following last Saturday’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota of NRA 500 runner-up Martin Truex Jr. was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.
 
As a result of this violation, crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 5. The team has also been docked six championship driver (Martin Truex Jr.) and six championship owner (Michael Waltrip) points.
 
Penske Racing's PenaltiesThe No. 2 Miller Lite Ford of defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford of Joey Logano, both of Penske Racing, have also been penalized. Both cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12 (all suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel.)

Both teams were forced to scramble as they had to change rear-end housing parts and pieces that were confiscated by NASCAR as well as make changes to their suspensions prior to the start of the race. Logano was forced to the rear of the field as he was late to the starting grid. The two drivers battled back, with Logano finishing fourth and Keselowski coming home ninth. 
 
As a result of this violation and as it pertains to the No. 2 car the following penalties have been assessed:
 
•        Crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $100,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
•        Car chief Jerry Kelley, team engineer Brian Wilson and team manager Travis Geisler (serves as team manager for both the No. 2 and No. 22 cars) have been suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
•        The loss of 25 championship driver (Brad Keselowski) and 25 championship owner (Roger Penske) points.
 
As it pertains to the No. 22 car the following penalties have been assessed:
 
•       Crew chief Todd Gordon has been fined $100,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
•       Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley have been suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
•         The loss of 25 championship driver (Joey Logano) and 25 championship owner (Walt Czarnecki) points.

4 Comments

  1. 1 Matt 28 Apr

    Rules are rules and if you don't play by the rules, and if you get caught, you pay the price.  And you shouldn't make even a twinge of complaint at the penalties.  They knew they were breaking the rules.  Now they get to take their punishment.  If they do mouth off then fine them more and suspend them till the next season starts.  I'm sure no one else in the race wants to be racing against cheaters when they run their car according to the rules.

  2. 2 nascar17 18 Apr

    If they were driving for Hendricks they would not have to go to inspection at all. Remeber Chad telling Jimmy to back into the wall  if he won and no one in NASCAR saw or heard it.

  3. 3 Race Fan 18 Apr
    The punishment is way too harsh. NASCAR is letting their power go to their head!! And they wonder why they are having trouble keeping fans???
  4. 4 joel 18 Apr
    wow that is stiff only cheating if you get caught so ...its the way the ball rolls

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