NASCAR Penalties, Fines & Suspensions 2014

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  • According to the numbers provided by NASCAR, in 152 appeals heard since November 1999
    107 were upheld, 32 were reduced, 11 were overturned and in two cases the penalties were increased.

  • APPEALS - results 1999 to current
    152 total appeals
    107 upheld
    32 reduced
    11 overturned
    2 increased
    (NASCAR, updated here since)(5-8-2013)

  • FINAL APPEALS - results 1999 to current
    16 total appeals
    9 upheld
    3 reduced
    1 overturned
    (NASCAR, updated here since)(thru last final appeal 5-7-2013)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Penalties for the 2014 season
    none...yet

  • What happens to the money from the penalties?
    Starting in 2008 all money collected from fines issued to drivers go to the NASCAR Foundation for its charitable initiatives, before the money collected from driver/crew member penalties are generally placed into the Drivers Points Fund awarded at the end of the season.

  • For records, past season links, some rules and more, see my NASCAR Penalties News page

  • Enhancements To NASCAR Penalty Structure, Appeals Process Announced

Sprint Cup Series Penalties

  • RSS Racing penalized following California infraction: The #39 team that competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been penalized as a result of a rules violation committed during last week's event at Auto Club Speedway. During post-race inspection on March 22, the #39 car committed a P3 level penalty by violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-12.8.1C (car exceeded maximum rear body height requirement during post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Kevin Starland has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, car chief Timothy Brown has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(3-25-2014)

  • NASCAR Reinstates Ty Norris: NASCAR announced Thursday that it has reinstated Ty Norris, an executive with Michael Waltrip Racing. Norris had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR last Sept. 9 as part of the penalties assessed to MWR following the sanctioning body's review of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sept. 7 at Richmond International Raceway. Norris remains on indefinite NASCAR probation.(NASCAR)
    Statement Statement from Ty Norris, Executive Vice President at Michael Waltrip Racing: "I appreciate NASCAR's action today and respect their position. I am focused forward and dedicated to the success of Michael Waltrip Racing and the continued growth of a sport that has been my home for the past 24 years."(MWR)(1-23-2014)

  • NASCAR Reinstates Former Crew Member Todd Parrott: NASCAR has reinstated former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member Todd Parrott upon his successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Parrott had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on Oct. 17, 2013 for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy (NASCAR). Before his suspension, Parrott was the crew chief for the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and driver Aric Almirola.(1-7-2014)


Nationwide Series Penalties

  • RSS Racing penalized following California infraction: The #39 team that competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been penalized as a result of a rules violation committed during last week's event at Auto Club Speedway. During post-race inspection on March 22, the #39 car committed a P3 level penalty by violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-12.8.1C (car exceeded maximum rear body height requirement during post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Kevin Starland has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, car chief Timothy Brown has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(3-25-2014)

  • Team penalized following Bristol: The #99 team that competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been penalized as a result of a rules violation committed during the event at Bristol Motor Speedway. During the race on March 15, the #99 car committed a P3 level penalty by violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-2.3A (added car weight; improperly attached weight; loss of weight during the event) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Chris Rice has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, car chief John Guerra has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(3-18-2014)

  • Elliott, Keselowski have issues post race in Las Vegas UPDATE: According to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Twitter, the #9 Chevy of Chase Elliott failed post-race inspection at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for being too low in the left front. Elliott finished fifth on Saturday in the Boyd Gaming 300. NASCAR also took the right rear shock from the #22 Ford of race winner Brad Keselowski. Penalties are expected early next week. According to the new 2014 penalty system, the team could lose up to 10 points and/or receive a fine spanning $5,000 to $12,500, along with the potential for a suspension or probation.(3-8-2014)
    UPDATE: Three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have been penalized as a result of rules violations committed at the recently completed event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During opening day inspection on March 6, the #11 car violated Sections 12-4.3 (P3 penalty) and 20A-2.3A (weight attached in unapproved location) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, car chief Todd Brewer has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The #9 car violated Sections 12-4.2 (P2 penalty) and 20A-12.8.1B (car exceeded minimum front height). This violation was discovered during post-race inspection on March 8 and crew chief Greg Ives has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The #22 car violated Sections 12-4.2 (P2 penalty) and 20A-12.3S (shock absorber exceeded maximum gas pressure). The violation was discovered during post-race inspection on March 8 and crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(3-12-2014)

  • NASCAR reinstates crew members: NASCAR has reinstated Ryan Hess, a former crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Curtis Martin Jr., a former crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon their successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On June 18, 2013, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. On Nov. 19, 2013, Martin also was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)


Camping World Truck Series Penalties

  • NASCAR reinstates crew members: NASCAR has reinstated Ryan Hess, a former crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Curtis Martin Jr., a former crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, upon their successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. On June 18, 2013, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR Rule Book. On Nov. 19, 2013, Martin also was found to have violated Sections 12-1 and 19.(NASCAR)(3-4-2014)

  • Suspension parts taken following Martinsville UPDATE: Following Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR confirmed on the Truck Series' Twitter account that suspension parts were taken off of the #54 truck of Darrell Wallace, Jr., the #31 truck of Ben Kennedy, and the #98 truck of Johnny Sauter for further evaluation.(3-30-2014)
    UPDATE: Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules violations discovered during post-race inspection last Sunday (March 30) at Martinsville Speedway. All three teams - the #31, #54, and #98 - have been assessed a P3 level penalty for violating Section 20B-12.5 (D) (offset front hubs found in post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, each team's crew chief - Michael Shelton (#31); Jerry Baxter (#54); and Gene Wachtel (#98) - have been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(4-1-2014)


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