First Nationwide Series Penalties of 2009

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2009

The Nationwide Series is but a few days old and two teams are already expecting penalties to be announced Tuesday.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Director Joe Balash expects penalties for JD Motorsports and Mike Harmon Racing after the sanctioning body found violations with their cars in inspection after Saturday's Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

The two teams in question—No. 0 Chevy driven by Danny O'Quinn and No. 84 Chevy driven by Harmon—will now await NASCAR's decision.

According to Balach, the sanctioning body confiscated both front springs of O'Quinn's Chevy. O'Quinn finished 23rd in Saturday's race.

"We have a spring-rate rule that measures the individual spring's rates and the total on the front of the car," Balash said. "The numbers did not match what the rule is."

According to, Balash said the rates of the front springs weren't close to the minimum required.

As for the No. 84 Chevy of Harmon (finished 29th) the sanctioning body discovered the car to have ballast—weight that can be shifted around for chassis balance—outside the frame rail, a violation of a rule instituted this year.

"We made those changes as a safety precaution, moved the weight underneath the car and inside the frame rail," Balash said.

NASCAR typically announces penalties from the previous weekend's race on Tuesday.