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NASCAR Suspends Cole Pearn
Following a post-race inspection at Atlanta, NASCAR announced it had suspended and fined Cole Pearn $50,000.
NASCAR is not feeling the Pearn.
The violation involved roof flaps, and NASCAR, if nothing else, is intolerant of roof flaps and the violations thereof.
Furniture Row Racing took umbrage to the whole fiasco and predictably appealed, according to Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com:
Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (Wednesday), the No. 78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty.
Martin Truex Jr., the operator of the car in question, was docked 15 championship points. The way he's been driving through the first two races would suggest the docking of 15 points will be nothing but a pesky mosquito in the ear.
This team will endure.
The Low-Downforce Aero Package Rolls On!
We now live in a post-high-downforce era. The L-DAP makes its West Coast debut at Las Vegas, and the package, on the whole, is first-date rosy.
But don't take my word for it! Hear what the stars of NASCAR are saying after the race in Atlanta!
"It was fun," Joey Logano said, according to Pete Pistone's Motor Racing Network.
Thanks, Joey. Care to add something, I don't know, of value to the conversation?
We were sideways, sliding around, the cars were moving. I think the real test is next week when you get to a race track that there's not much tire wear, but I thought a faster car can pass the car in front of them, no doubt. We started 27th and we drove up into the top five without a caution, so you could show how fast our car was by how we were all capable of passing out there.
And what say you, Carl Edwards?
"They just need to keep taking more," he said. "This is real racing. We're driving hard. You can see the guys out here just digging for everything they're worth. I'm worn out. That's a tough race and just a lot of fun."
Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the perfect canvas for the L-DAP and yet another challenge for tire management and pit strategy.
After all, it was pit strategy that granted Jimmie Johnson his win in Atlanta. Expect more of the same.
Will Kevin Harvick Rise to the Top?
Harvick was right in the thick of the first two races of the season. He finished fourth in the Daytona 500 and was stalking, stalking, stalking Johnson in Atlanta before he flubbed the overtime restart and finished sixth.
Harvick's dominance of the West Coast swing in 2015 was laughable but laughable in that can-this-guy-seriously-be-this-good kinda way.
He won in Vegas. He won in Phoenix. He finished second at Fontana.
Let the games begin.