Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Pearn Suspended And Fined For Atlanta Roof Flap Violation

NASCAR officials have suspended Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn for one Sprint Cup Series point race and fined him $50,000 for a roof flap violation detected during pre-race inspection for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Driver Martin Truex, Jr. and owner Barney Visser have been penalized 15 championship driver points and owner points, respectively.

Pearn was already on suspension through Dec. 31 for a roof flap violation detected prior to qualifying for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season opener at Daytona, leading to the elevated penalty. Furniture Row Racing has said it will appeal the penalty, with Pearn’s suspension deferred until after that appeal is heard. He is expected to be atop the No. 78 pit box this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In addition, nine other Sprint Cup teams were fined, or received warnings as a result of violations detected during the Atlanta race weekend.

Randall Burnett, crew chief for AJ Allmendinger’s No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet, has been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Allmendinger and team owner Tad Geschickter will forfeit 10 championship driver and owner points.

All three Richard Childress Racing crew chiefs Slugger Labbe (Austin Dillon), Justin Alexander (Paul Menard) and Luke Lambert (Ryan Newman), as well as Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing crew chief Dave Winston (Michael McDowell) have each been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31, with their drivers and owners losing 10 championship points apiece.

Four teams -- No. 32 GoFas Racing, No. 83 BK Racing, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports and No. 98 Premium Motorsports -- received warnings for failing multiple template inspections last weekend.


  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Dave I am the caller from las vegas that asked about bringing the cup series to the dirt. Why can't you answer the question instead of making people nervous and saying things that come from nervousness. We don't have anybody to ask questions why cup does not race on dirt. Will you please answer my question on air. I don't care about the owner of the racetracks. There is Knoxville build a bigger stadium or something. It was just an idea. Thanks,
    Randy from las vegas

    1. Randy, I did answer your question. I told you there are no dirt tracks in the country capable of hosting a Sprint Cup-sized crowd. That's when you suggested converting Auto Club Speedway to dirt, only to immediately declare your own idea to be stupid. You may not care about who owns these tracks, but no smart business person is going to dig-up a superspeedway and convert it to dirt, "just to see what happens." That may not be an answer that you like, but that's the answer.

      Thanks for calling in. You are always welcome back.

  2. Dave, While I'm not excited about the idea of a Sprint Cup Dirt Race, checkout this new development. Synthetic Dirt for the temporary conversion of asphalt tracks.
    Adding a dirt race to the schedule doesn't make economic sense. A different car would be required. Much more ground clearance, less ground effects and radically different tires and stagger would create another completely different racing experience.