National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer’s statement regarding second appeal from Penske Racing

Screen Shot 2013-05-07 at 9.25.06 PMOn May 7, 2013 the Chief Appellate Officer heard and considered the appeal of the penalties from the No. 2 and No. 22 Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.  These penalties stemmed from pre-race inspection for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway April 13.

The penalties concern Sections 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing; 12-4J: Any determination by NASCAR Officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event; and

20-12: All suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted in a completed form/assembly to the office of the NASCAR competition administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond component normal rotation or suspension travel.

The original penalties assessed to the No. 2 team were:

* Crew chief (Paul Wolfe): $100,000 fine; suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race); placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31;

*  Car chief Jerry Kelley, team engineer Brian Wilson and competition director Travis Geisler (serves as competition director for both the No. 2 and No. 22 cars): Suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race); placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31;

* Car owner Roger Penske: Loss of 25 championship owner points;

* Driver Brad Keselowski: Loss of 25 championship driver points.

The original penalties assessed to the No. 22 team were:

* Crew chief (Todd Gordon): $100,000 fine; suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race); placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31;

* Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley: Suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race); placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31;

* Car owner Walt Czarnecki: Loss of 25 championship owner points;

* Driver Joey Logano: Loss of 25 championship driver points.

The results of the Chief Appellate Officer hearing were:

- Upholding the fines and points penalties that were originally assessed.

- Reducing the suspensions of the seven team members from six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (plus the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race).

The seven team members in question will be suspended for the next three upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Darlington Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. They will return for the race weekend at Dover International Speedway. They remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

“After looking at all the facts and data and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties,” said John Middlebrook, Chief Appellate Officer. “However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the all-star race to two points races and the all-star race.” – John Middlebrook, Chief Appellate Officer

Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams penalized after Texas

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2013) – Penalties have been handed down to three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams following last Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The No. 56 car was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.

As a result of this violation, crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 5. The team has also been docked six championship driver (Martin Truex Jr.) and six championship owner (Michael Waltrip) points.

The No. 2 and No. 22 cars have also been penalized. Both cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4J and 20-12 (all suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel.)

As a result of this violation and as it pertains to the No. 2 car the following penalties have been assessed:

·         Crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $100,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
·         Car chief Jerry Kelley, team engineer Brian Wilson and team manager Travis Geisler (serves as team manager for both the No. 2 and No. 22 cars) have been suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
·         The loss of 25 championship driver (Brad Keselowski) and 25 championship owner (Roger Penske) points.

As it pertains to the No. 22 car the following penalties have been assessed:

·         Crew chief Todd Gordon has been fined $100,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
·         Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley have been suspended from NASCAR until the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points events (including the non-points Sprint All-Star Race) and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
·         The loss of 25 championship driver (Joey Logano) and 25 championship owner (Walt Czarnecki) points.

——————-STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING——————–

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 17

The following statement is in response to Wednesday’s penalty issued by NASCAR to Michael Waltrip Racing.

“Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions.”

——————-STATEMENT FROM PENSKE RACING——————–

“Penske Racing received communication today from NASCAR regarding penalties they have issued against the #2 and #22 teams. Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process. We have no further comment at this time.”

While earlier Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski had a few choice of words after NASCAR confiscated rear-end housing parts and pieces from their cars during prerace inspection: “I have one good thing to say,” Keselowski said. “That’s my team and effort they put in today in fighting back with the absolute bull that’s been the last seven days in this garage area. The things I’ve seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything that I believe in, and I’m not happy about it. I don’t have anything positive to say and I probably should just leave it at that.” With major penalties stemming in the near future, the Keselowski remarked: “There’s so much stuff going on … you have no f—— idea what’s going on,” he said. “And that’s not your fault and that’s not a slam on you. I could tell you there’s nobody, no team in this garage with the integrity of the 2 team. And the way we’ve been treated over the last seven days is absolutely shameful. I feel like we’ve been targeted over the last seven days more than I’ve ever seen a team targeted. But my guys kept their heads on straight and they showcased why they are a winning team and championship team. We’re not going to take it. We’re not going to be treated this way.”

Logano started in the back, but finished fifth. Keselowski finished ninth.

NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Keselowski would not be fined for his comments Saturday night. France said he disagrees with everything Keselowski said, but understands that he was blowing off steam.

 

 

Brad Keselowski Racing fielding two trucks full-time in 2013

Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced today via Twitter that the team owned by the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion will field two full-time entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the 2013 season in Ford trucks.

Michigan-based Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry, will serve as the primary partner on the No. 29 Ford for the entire 2013 season with driver Ryan Blaney. With his first victory as a Penske Racing development driver at Iowa Speedway in September, Blaney became the youngest winner in NCWTS history.

The second entry – the No. 19 BKR Ford entry will feature various Cequent Group brands and products throughout the season including Draw-Tite, Reese Towpower, Reese Towpower Carbon Forged, Bulldog, and Harper for 15 races as a split between two companies, Cequent Consumer Products and Cequent Performance Products. The Cequent Group are leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of a broad range of vehicle and trailer products among other automotive products.

The No. 19 BKR Ford, led by new crew chief Chad Kendrick, will have multiple drivers as it competes for the 2013 NCWTS owners’ championship. Keselowski and his NSCS Penske Racing teammate, Joey Logano, are scheduled to run multiple races. Blaney’s father, NSCS veteran and World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney, will race the No. 19 in the NCWTS’ first ever dirt race at Eldora Speedway on July 24th.

BKR also welcomes Florida native Ross Chastain to its stable of drivers for 15 races in the No. 19 Ford. Chastain will drive the Melon 1 primary partnership colors to the No. 19 Truck for five (5) of his 15 races with BKR.

The specific races for Keselowski, Logano, and Chastain will be announced at a later date. Blaney and Chastain will represent BKR on the track for the 2013 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 22nd.

Source: Twitter @Keselowski, BKR Press Release

Day 2: NASCAR’s afternoon test session of the Sixth Generation car at CMS rained out

Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR
Jeff Burton drives the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 12, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina.

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams ‘partially’ tested their new 2013 cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday morning only – the afternoon session was rained out.

The look of the new sixth-generation car has been a hit and so has the performance of the new car. Drivers experienced speeds on Tuesday that have the potential to break the current qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway, currently held by No. 16 Greg Biffle since this past October, as the speed chart topped the 193-mile-per-hour range.

Teams will have two more open tests before the beginning of the 2013 season starting with Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 10-12. The sixth-generation car will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway Jan. 17-18, when the teams will have their final opportunity to test the car before Speedweeks in Daytona

AM Speeds for Wednesday 2nd session:

No. 5-Kahne 193.771
No. 20-Kenseth 193.050
No. 29-Harvick 192.458
No. 42-Montoya 192.020
No. 24-Smith 191.435

SPEEDS for the rain shortened Day 2 (Wednesday) afternoon session:

No. 5-Kasey Kahne 193.112
No. 20-Matt Kenseth 191.993
No. 24-Regan Smith 191.510
No. 27-Austin Dillon 191.442
No. 29-Kevin Harvick 190.981

Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR
Denny Hamlin drives the #11 FedEx Toyota after an incident during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In the morning session on the 2nd day, No.11-Denny Hamlin wrecked about 30 minutes into the test session.

Joe Gibbs Racing teams caught with unapproved oil pans at Michigan

The Joe Gibbs Racing teams of #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Joey Logano all face possible penalties after an issue was discovered in inspection Friday morning at Michigan before practice began.

Joe Gibbs Racing had unapproved- and unusually heavy – oil pans seized from its three NASCAR Sprint Cup cars Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway. Officially, the issue was that the oil pans had not been submitted for approval by NASCAR, a standard procedure for the thousands of parts and pieces on race cars. But a bigger issue ultimately might be weight. While a standard NASCAR Sprint Cup oil pan weighs about 4 pounds, the three taken off the Gibbs cars weighed an estimated 20-30 pounds apiece. Competitors contacted by SPEED.com and FOXSports.com said the heavy oil pans would allow the teams to remove weight elsewhere in the car and put it low and on the front of the car, which could provide a handling advantage, perhaps a substantial one.

Officials did not penalize JGR at the track but said in a statement, “All three teams face possible penalties for the infraction. “Chances are great (a penalty) wouldn’t involve points,” John Darby, Cup series director said. “NASCAR will discuss early next week if there will be any additional penalties assessed to these three teams.”

Source: Nascarmedia

DeLana Harvick turns Joey Logano remark at Pocono into merchandise

New dsigned Tee by DeLana Harvick thanks to Joey Logano remark at Pocono. Photo credit: kevinharvick.com

DeLana Harvick is a real fast thinker.  I think she and I would be best of friends!!

A day after Joey Logano sarcastically forgave Kevin Harvick following a late-race incident at Pocono Raceway by saying that his wife DeLana “wears the firesuit in the family, tells him what to do,” DeLana Harvick turned Logano’s slight into some inspired merchandising.

Fans can purchase a white T-shirt through Harvick’s website at www.kevinharvick.com that reads “I wear the firesuit in this family” in red with Harvick’s “Happy” red logo underneath. The $15 shirt, available in sizes small through extra large, will be shipped once received from the manufacturer. DeLana Harvick is a fixture in the NASCAR garage and is co-owner of the couple’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series teams . All proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation.

All the while, Joey Logano’s father will not have his NASCAR credential pulled for the second time in a year after being called to the hauler for his behavior following Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway. But Tom Logano was told strongly by NASCAR officials that he crossed the line when he allegedly shoved a television broadcaster out of the way — an allegation he disputes — while his 20-year-old son tried to get to Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick on pit road.

On Monday, Tom Logano said when the incident began, he initially was trying to clear the way for his son to confront Harvick. “I pushed one of the Gibbs guys away to let Joey go handle his own problems,” he said. “I wasn’t going after Harvick.

Source: (ESPN/AP)