NASCAR Penalizes Teams in All Three Series
NASCAR announced on Thursday penalties in all three of its top series: the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck.
Paul Chodora, a licensed crew member in the Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy.
Chodora was found to have violated sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 7-5 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rulebook.
Moving on to the Nationwide Series, three teams have been penalized for violations after the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday.
Blake Bainbridge, crew chief for the No. 09 Ford driven by John Wes Townley, has been fined $15,000 and placed on probation until June 30.
Bainbridge violated sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20A-18A (once constructed and installed, the roll cage must be acceptable to NASCAR officials; main roll bar (No. 1) was not round; was altered for clearance) of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series rulebook.
Jay Robinson was penalized with the loss of 100 championship owner points while Townley was docked 100 championship driver points.
George Bartlett, crew chief of the No. 84 Chevrolet driven by Mike Harmon, has been fined $10,000 and placed on probation until June 30, due to rule violations discovered during post-race inspections.
Bartlett was found to be in violation of sections 12-1, 12-4-I, 20A-2.3A (weight containers welded to the outside of the main frame rails must not contain added weight in any form; added weight to the outside frame rail), and 20A-13E (invalid SFI label).
Team owner/driver Harmon was penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points and 25 championship driver points for each infraction—totaling 50 points in each category.
Additionally Michael Hobson, crew chief for the No. 0 Chevrolet driven by Danny O’Quinn, Jr., was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until June 30 for violation of 12-1, 12-4-I, and 20A-12.1A(8) (combined spring rate was less than specified; the left front spring rate was less than specified).
Johnny Davis was penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points and O’Quinn forfeited 25 championship driver points due to the violations, which also were found during post-race inspection.
The penalties handed out weren't over, as there was one more in the Camping World Truck Series.
The No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., driven by Ron Hornaday, Jr., was penalized for violations after the NextEra Energy Sources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
The team was penalized for using unapproved parts in the shock absorbers.
The No. 33 truck was found to be in violation of 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-1 (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20B-12.3B (all approved shock absorbers must be of nitrogen-gas pressurized mono-tube, deflective disc valve type with an integral gas reservoir with all components as displayed on each manufacturer’s display board: unapproved shock absorber piston) of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rulebook.
The violations were found during post-race inspection on Feb. 13.
Hornaday was penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points and truck owner DeLana Harvick was penalized 25 championship owner points.
Crew chief Rick Ren was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until June 30.
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