NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to Clint Bowyer’s Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team as a result of rules infractions discovered during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The sanctioning body ruled that the car’s body location specifications in reference to the certified chassis did not meet NASCAR-approved specifications as outlined in the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book. Crewchief Shane Wilson has been fined $150,000, suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
Bowyer and owner Richard Childress have been penalized with the loss of 150 driver and owner points, respectively. The penalty drops Bowyer from second in points to 12th at 5040 points, 190 behind leader Denny Hamlin.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby declined to discuss the specifics of Bowyer's violation, citing a possible appeal by the team. However, he told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that the violation was virtually identical to the one discovered a week earlier at Richmond International Raceway.
“The #33 car was brought back to the R&D Center after the Richmond race, and we looked it over with the team present," said Darby. "They saw that the measurements were hold-your-breath close. We tried to make it clear to them that the risk was not worth the reward. After that inspection, we had two more meetings with the principals of RCR to take one last, detailed look at the report and tell them, `this is not good, and you need to be careful.'"