Martin Truex, Jr. and DEI to Pay Hefty Fines for NASCAR Penalty Infringements

Mitch HeathCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2008

After Martin Truex, Jr.'s car infringement at Daytona this past weekend he faced very hefty fines. As stated on the exact penalties were related to Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-3.8A (roof of the car does not conform to the specifications).

Since the race at the Daytona International Speedway last Saturday night was an impound race, Truex Jr.'s car was impounded by NASCAR and he was forced to go into a back-up car, although he was not sent to the back of the field at the start of the race.

Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. owner Teresa Earnhardt were both fined 150 driver and owner points.

Additionally, Martin's crew chief Kevin Manion and car chief Gary Putnam were both suspended from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events for six weeks or until August 27. Their next race will be at the California Speedway, and both were placed on probation until December 31. Manion was also fined $100,000.

The Vice President of DEI, John Story, stated that he was still trying to figure out how Truex's car was able to fit into the car templates at the shop but not into the templates that NASCAR uses.

The 150-point penalty dropped Truex Jr. from 14th to 18th in the point standings, setting him even further away from getting into the Chase for the Cup, which is set September 6th.

This event just goes to show that NASCAR is not taking rule infractions lightly with the new Car of Today.