Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Penske Nationwide Team Sanctioned For Dover Height Issue

NASCAR has assessed penalties to Penske Racing's No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team as a result of rules violations committed last Saturday at Dover International Speedway. 

During post-race inspection Sept. 28, Joey Logano's winning car 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 the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the NASCAR rule book, or has been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20A-12.8.1(B) (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2013 rule book.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $10,000 and owner Roger Penske has been docked with the loss of six championship series car owner points.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:03 AM

    As a new fan could you help me understand why NASCAR doesn’t take the win away from the driver in a situation where the vehicle he/she won the race in is found to be in violation of NASCAR’s rules? I ask because in another major sport if a competitor is found to be cheating they are stripped of their victory. It doesn’t matter that the driver may or may not be aware that the vehicle is violating the rules/cheating to gain a competitive advantage. The fact remains that the vehicle in question gained a competitive advantage whether the drivers knows or doesn’t know the violation occurred.

    I realize that NASCAR has a long history of finding “gray areas” in the rulebook to make vehicles go faster than the other on the track. However, this situation is a “gray area”. The nose of the vehicle was found to be too low to the ground over both front tires in post race inspection. It wouldn’t have been done if it didn’t give a competitive advantage to the car.

    The NCAA takes away National Championships for rules violations, and the Olympics takes medals away for violating their post competition inspections, i.e., the athlete’s urine sample.

    Shouldn’t NASCAR step up and legitimize the sport by making examples out of CHEATERS?