Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cheating Takes a Toll on NASCAR

Four crew chiefs were suspended for infractions that occurred during last Sunday's Daytona 500.

NASCAR chairman Brian France stated NASCAR will no longer tolerate racing teams pushing the envelope to get more horsepower and speed. Not only were four crew chiefs/team directors suspended, but points from their drivers and teams were deducted for rule infractions that occurred during qualifying for the Daytona 500.

The penalties were against the teams of Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler.

Kenseth's crew chief and Kahne's crew director were each suspended for four weeks and fined $50,000. Their teams were assessed a 50-point penalty for improperly venting air into the interior of their cars. Venting the air would give the car an aerodynamic advantage.

Rigg's and Sadler's team directors were suspended for two weeks and each fined $25,000. Their teams were docked 25 points for tampering with rear spoiler bolts to try to give their cars an aerodynamic edge.

Fans are still waiting to see if Michael Waltrip's team is penalized. His vehicle was impounded and officials are trying to determine the nature of a substance discovered in the vehicle's intake manifold.

The teams are expected to appeal the suspensions and fines.

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