NASCAR Fines #33

This post was published to Road Warrior at 12:22:28 PM 9/23/2010

NASCAR Fines #33 for Finding Ways to Win in the Chase

Well race fans guess what I just heard? Did you hear it yet? Had to just cut and paste the highlights from NASCAR web site. Because it was so shocking to me that a team would take such a chance with their race car while Racing in the Chase.

….“NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to two teams in the Cup Series as a result of rules infractions discovered this week during post-race inspection at the Research and Development Center following Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 33 team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-3 (car body location specifications in reference to the certified chassis did not meet NASCAR-approved specifications) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

As a result, crew chief Shane Wilson has been fined $150,000, suspended from the next six Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Chad Haney has also been suspended from the next six Cup Series events, suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Clint Bowyer and owner Richard Childress have been penalized with the loss of 150 championship driver and owner points, respectively.

The car passed its initial inspection at New Hampshire on Sunday, but was taken by NASCAR back to its North Carolina research and development center. It was there that NASCAR found the rear end of the car had been manipulated by Richard Childress Racing.

The development came a day after NASCAR called in RCR officials to warn them that Bowyer’s Chase-clinching car from the Sept. 11 race at Richmond had nearly failed inspection because its back end was very close to the mandated limits.

“Regardless of how severe or how light the crime was, it sounds like the team had been warned about it one time before and I’m sure that’s the thing NASCAR is looking the hardest at,” said SPEED analyst Larry McReynolds on Race Hub. “NASCAR probably feels like they worked with the team but they didn’t heed NASCAR’s warning.”

And the other penalty was the No. 46 team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1, 12-4-J, and 20-5.8.4.C (engine exhaust valves did not meet the minimum weight requirement) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Crew chief Jeremy Lafaver has been fined $50,000, suspended from the next six Cup Series events, suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Michael McDowell and owner Dusty Whitney have been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, respectively.”….

So race fans I ask was this just pushing the rule book and reading between the lines or was it just racing & rubbing.

And I heard in an interview with Denny Hamlin that he would like the points from the winning car since Bowyer’s car was found breaking the rules. To me this shows how little class Hamlin has and he knows he needs all the points he can get to defeat 4-Time Champ Jimmie Johnson.

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