On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties for two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams for rules violations discovered this past race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Crew chief George Church, driver Timmy Hill and No. 41 car owner Rick Ware were penalized when their car failed post-race inspection on Saturday. Church was fined $10,000, Ware lost six owner points and Hill six driver points.
NASCAR cited 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 NASCAR rules) and 20A-12.8.1(B) (body height requirements — car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2012 rule book in announcing its decision.
Meanwhile, crew chief Philippe Lopez and car chief Michael Wright on the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports entry driven by Michael Annett were penalized for violations discovered during opening-day inspections at the track last Thursday.
The car was found to be in violation of 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 detailed in section 20-A of the rule book), 20A-2.1E (steamlining f the contours of the car, beyond what is approved by the series director will not be permitted. Installation of air directional devices, underpans, baffles, shields or the like beneath the car or the car’s hood and fender area, front firewall, floor, rear firewall area, rear deck and quarter panel will not be permitted. If, in the judgment of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted. All cars must remain standard in appearance) and 20A-3.10A (front upper bumper cover must be from the respective OEM manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. The front lower bumper cover and rear bumper cover must be from an approved manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. Once approved, the front lower bumper covers may be used on all approved models. NASCAR officials my use bumper covers provided by the respective manufacturer as a guide in determining whether a competitor’s bumper cover conforms to the specifics of the NASCAR rule book. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, cutting and reshaping of bumper covers will not be permitted).
As a result, both Lopez and Wright were placed on NASCAr probation until Dec. 31. Lopez was aso fined $10,000.
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