Southern Modified Racing Forum  

Go Back   Southern Modified Racing Forum > Modified Forum > Modified News
User Name
Password
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-02-2008, 08:29 PM
rde53's Avatar
rde53 rde53 is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 662
Default NASCAR Stock Car Racing Commission Statement:

NASCAR Stock Car Racing Commission Statement:

On October 1, 2008, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered an appeal regarding three penalties issued by NASCAR to the No. 1 car following post-race inspection on September 20, 2008 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Martinsville Speedway.

Briefly, the penalties concern Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing.”; Section 12-4-Q (1): “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR Rules.” and Section 20D-6.1.1B. “Ignition system wires must be continuous from the start connector to the end connector. Splices, bare and punctured wires will not be permitted in the ignition system: Spliced wire from the purple wire out of the ignition amplifier box.”

The penalties assessed were:

-For car owner, Philip Smith: Disqualification from the Event. Suspension from the next NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Event. Suspension from NASCAR until October 1, 2008. Probation until December 31, 2008.

-For driver, Burt Myers: Disqualification from the Event. Suspension from the next NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Event. Suspension from NASCAR until October 1, 2008. Probation until December 31, 2008.

-For crew chief, Scott Widener: $1,000 fine. Suspension from the next NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Event. Suspension from NASCAR until October 1, 2008. Probation until December 31, 2008.

The Appellants requested and were granted a deferral of the penalties until the appeal hearing could be convened.


The Appellants acknowledged that the splice did not conform to the Rule Book, but argued that the infraction was inadvertent and did not constitute a competitive advantage. They further agued that the spliced-in wire was simply used to power lights on the dashboard. They argued that no traction control devices had been found. They argued that the car had been through numerous prior inspections in the same configuration and that the penalties were too severe for the infraction. Additionally, the crew chief disavowed any knowledge of the wiring of the car and stated that he was simply an unpaid volunteer.


In determining the appeal, the Commission considered several factors:

-According to testimony, the purple wire out of the ignition amplifier box is normally a signal wire which controls ignition, not a wire with voltage sufficient for powering dashboard lights.

-If an actual traction control device had been found, much stronger penalties would have been warranted.

-Parts, modifications. etc. are not considered approved by reason of having passed through one or more inspections unobserved or undetected.

-The crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of the team.

In this case the infraction was evident, of a very serious nature, and the penalties were deemed appropriate. Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The periods of suspension shall be adjusted from the date of the appeal hearing.

The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.

Leo Mehl

Kevin Whitaker

George Silbermann, Chairman
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:58 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.