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
    #41-Kurt Busch / Stewart Haas Racing, 10 drivers & owners points, Z-height measurement

  • 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

  • #41 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized: The #41 Stewart Haas Racing team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 6 at Daytona International Speedway. The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-12 (l) (for events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, at all times, the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement between the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, must not exceed three inches) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result of this infraction, crew chief Daniel Knost has been fined $10,000. In addition, driver Kurt Busch has lost 10 championship driver points and owner Gene Haas has lost 10 championship owner points.(NASCAR)(7-8-2014)

  • Kahne and Truex Jr. qualifying times disallowed UPDATE: after qualifying for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced that the times for #5-Kasey Kahne and #78-Martin Truex Jr. had been disallowed. Kahne's car did not meet the minimum weight requirement and Truex Jr's car did not meet minimum height requirement that is used for restrictor-plate tracks. Kahne will start 41st and Truex Jr will start 42nd. #5 crew chief Kenny Francis and Truex Jr. offered these quotes about the situation:
    Kenny Francis, Crew chief of the #5 Farmer Insurance / Thankamillionteachers.com Chevy on the #5 teams time getting disallowed: "Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container. The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back."
    Martin Truex Jr., #78 Furniture Row Chevy - time was disallowed after failing post qualifying inspection: "After positing the fastest practice speed yesterday, today's result and infraction were disappointing to say the least. That's the bad news. The good news is that we have a fast car for tomorrow's race, and as we have said many times, qualifying really doesn't mean that much here."(Team Chevy)(5-4-2014)
    UPDATE: Kenny Francis, the crew chief for the #5 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been penalized for rules violations committed during qualifying May 3 at Talladega Superspeedway. The infraction is a P3 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.3(A)1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of the 2014 rule book. As a result, Francis has been fined $25,000. The infraction was discovered in post-qualifying inspection.(NASCAR)(5-6-2014)

  • NASCAR will look at Ambrose, Mears incident UPDATE 2 Penalties: NASCAR will investigate a post-race incident that resulted in both #9-Marcos Ambrose and #13-Casey Mears being punched, but Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, said "we don't think it was anything too severe." FOX caught the incident after Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The network's video shows Ambrose and Mears talking to each other when Mears shoves Ambrose. Ambrose responds with a right cross to the left side of Mears' head. Ambrose is pulled away while Mears pursues. Then Ambrose is sucker-punched by someone else. Pemberton said that series officials did not meet with either driver after the race. Series officials met with Ambrose's crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, and Sammy Johns, director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports. Pemberton said officials watched footage of the incident. Pemberton said they would continue to investigate the situation. He was unaware of anything on the track that would have precipitated the confrontation. "We'll get all the footage that we can and look at it and see what happens from there," Pemberton said. "We've got to take our time and do everything. Sometimes there's things for us to look at that we don't have available right now, so to make any kind of statement or call on it (at this point), we'd be wasting everybody's time."(Motor Racing Network)(4-27-2014)
    UPDATE: Casey Mears didn't let a punch keep him away from a race Sunday morning. The driver of the #13 Chevy was in Huntersville, NC for a 5K race put on by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. It came not long after the checkered flag fell in Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. Mears finished 19th in that race, and left with a bruised left eye after a punch from fellow driver Marcos Ambrose. "He got me pretty good with that shot." Mears told NASCAR.com after completing his 5K run. Mears wore sunglasses for most of Sunday's event, but it was clear the punch left a gnarly bruise and swollen left eye. Replays of the incident show Mears and Ambrose talking just after the race ended. The situation escalated when Mears forcefully shoved Ambrose. The driver of the #9 Ford then returned with a right hook to Mears' face. On Sunday, Mears remained affable despite being on the wrong end of the punch. "One thing I can say is that out of all the NASCAR fights, when you see people swing it's usually a lot of fly-swatting," Mears said. "He actually connected, so that was pretty good." Mears said the bad blood began on the track while the two were battling for position. He didn't mention one specific incident, but conceded both drivers did things the other was not happy with.(NASCAR.com)(4-28-2014)
    UPDATE 2 - NASCAR Penalizes Drivers Marcos Ambrose And Casey Mears: NASCAR has penalized drivers Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears for their involvement in a post-race altercation in the garage area following last Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Ambrose, driver of the #9 Ford, and Mears, driver of the #13 Chevy, were found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), and 12-4.9 (Behavioral Penalty; involved in an altercation in the garage area after the race) as outlined in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, Ambrose has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28, while Mears has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 28.(NASCAR)(4-29-2014)

  • 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

  • Winning truck of Jones too low post race UPDATE: The winning #51 truck of Erik Jones failed post race inspection for being too low following the race at Iowa Speedway, NASCAR announced via the Truck Series Twitter page. The #51 team was recently docked six owner points and crew chief Eric Phillips was fined $5,000 for the same infraction following team owner Kyle Busch's win at Kentucky Speedway.(7-11-2014
    UPDATE: The #51 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 11 at Iowa Speedway. The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result of this infraction, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, driver Erik Jones has lost 10 championship driver points and owner Kyle Busch has lost 10 championship owner points.(NASCAR)(7-15-2014)

  • Busch truck too low following Kentucky UPDATE: Following the race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night, the winning #51 truck of Kyle Busch failed post race inspection for being too low, NASCAR announced via the Truck Series Twitter page. The statement added that the issue will be addressed further next week.(6-26-2014)
    UPDATE: The #51 team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection June 26 at Kentucky Speedway. The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Section 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. As a result, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $5,000 and owner Kyle Busch has been penalized with the loss of six championship truck owner points.(NASCAR)(7-1-2014)

  • 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)

  • 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)


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