Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Add Front Row Motorsports to teams penalized by NASCAR for unapproved parts or modifications – found with “unapproved valve stem cap”.

Especially ever since 2007 when NASCAR introduced the Car of Tomorrow in the Cup Series, NASCAR has been getting more and more aggressive on their penalties on teams that are found to have violated NASCAR’s rulebook for versa issues like unapproved parts or modifications to the racecar.

In the latest round of penalties, teams that have been penalized due to violating NASCAR’s rulebook, add Front Row Motorsports to the list after they were found to have an unapproved valve stem cap in the NSCS race at Pocono.
According to the NASCAR press release: On June 9, 2010, NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the No. 38 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions committed during last Sunday’s event at Pocono Raceway.

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-10.7J (unapproved modification to valve stem hardware) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

As a result, crew chief Steve Lane has been fined $100,000, suspended for the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Sept. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Richard Bourgeois and tire specialist Michael Harrold have also been suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Sept. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Driver Travis Kvapil and owner Doug Yates have been penalized with the loss of 150 driver and 150 owner points, respectively.
Honestly in looking at this penalty, this is really in line with what I would expect NASCAR to penalize a team that was found to have an unapproved part or modification on this new NASCAR Car of Tomorrow. NASCAR has said in the past that they will penalize teams for making unapproved changes period.

This once again should be a warning to teams that if you’re caught with an unapproved part or modifications, you will be penalized. And teams should never touch fuel, engines and tire especially. However I will say one thing, after Carl Long’s penalty last year, I thought NASCAR had boxed themselves into a corner, but this is NASCAR and things change, of course that’s NASCAR’s problem in the first place, they change too much.

Here is a list of most of the penalties NASCAR has handed down to teams over the past 4-5 years:

- NASCAR penalized Kurt Busch for last weeks Dover pitroad incident, not suspended.
- Was NASCAR’s penalty issued against Robby Gordon after Daytona fair?
- Everybody loses with NASCAR’s one size fits all penalties for COT infractions.
- Did NASCAR just hand #44 Peyton Sellers and Andy Santerre Motorsports the stiffest penalty in NASCAR’s modern era?

Carl Long three-part epic series:
- "NASCAR: Should we expect that this record penalty against Carl Long will be the normal penalty for everybody?”
- "NASCAR and the appeals board gets it wrong with the Carl Long penalty."
- "Carl Long’s penalty reduced to 8-race suspension, but NASCAR still in danger water."

Need I go on? What do you, my readers think of this penalty?