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2007 BUSCH SERIES PENALTIES/FINES

  • Kenseth’s Car Too High in Post Race Inspection: UPDATE: A broken left front spring caused the #17 Roush Racing Ford driven by Matt Kenseth to be too high in the right rear during postrace inspection following the Arizona.Travel 200 Busch Series race Saturday at Phoenix. Kenseth finished second in the race. His team faces possible points and monetary penalties from being outside the NASCAR specifications. NASCAR likely will announce any penalties Tuesday.(SceneDaily.com)(11-11-2007)
    UPDATE: NASCAR announced that Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief for the #17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth in the Busch Series, was fined $10,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A–12.8.1D (after competition, the right rear quarter panel height exceeded the maximum of 36 ½ inches) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. Additionally, Kenseth was penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points and team owner Jack Roush was penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points due to the same violations. The infractions were discovered during post-race inspection on Nov. 10 at Phoenix.(NASCAR PR)(11-13-2007)
  • NASCAR Announces Memphis Penalties; Tester Suspended: UPDATE: Appeal Denied NASCAR announced that Greg Tester, crew chief of the #71 Chevy in the Busch Series, has been suspended until Dec. 31 and fined $15,000 due to rule violations this past weekend at Memphis. Tester was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules), 20A-12.3A (unapproved shock absorber piston) and 20A-12.3B(7) (shock absorber base valves will not be permitted) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. Additionally, Ron Young, driver of the #71 Chevy, was penalized with the loss of 50 Busch Series driver championship points while Jerry Young, owner of the #71 Chevy, was docked 50 Busch Series owner championship points. The infractions were found during post-race inspection on Oct. 27. Also Tommy Perkins, crew chief of the #05 Chevy driven by Brett Rowe, was placed on probation until Dec. 31 and fined $2,000 after violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A-12.A (mounting points on the axle housing were not evenly spaced).(NASCAR PR)(10-31-2007)
    UPDATE: “I’d like to apologize to NASCAR, the team, to the competitors and the fans for the misunderstanding that took place in Memphis,” said Tester who was the Crew Chief for the #71 Chevy driven by Ron Young at Memphis. “Our shocks were found illegal which was not intentional by me, the team, or our shock builder, Kenny Hendrick of SS Suspension. “I rented three sets of shocks from Kenny; two for a Craftsman Truck Series team I am working with and one for Ron’s team,” he explained. “Back at Darlington, we were getting the Busch car ready for practice and I realized that I had left the shocks in my car. I ran out and grabbed the set that was labeled 7NB which I thought meant “set seven, non-base valve” (shocks that are legal in Busch Series competition). We ran Darlington with those shocks and those shocks stayed on the car for Memphis. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until post-race tear down that it came to light that “NB” stood for “new style base valve” which indicated that components within the shock were only legal for competition in NASCAR Nextel Cup or Craftsman Truck Series competition. It was an honest mistake,” said Tester. “I’m not in a position to even stretch the gray areas with the teams I’m working with. One of the toughest aspects of what I am doing is keeping up with ever changing rules and making sure their cars are by the book. They can’t afford full time crew chiefs but they all are trying to just get that chance to be noticed by a bigger team or a sponsor that would allow them to achieve bigger goals.” Tester plans to appeal to the National Stock Car Racing Commission.(Tester PR)(11-2-2007)
    UDPATE 2: On November 13, 2007, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Gregory Tester, crew chief for the #71 car concerning a penalty issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on October 27, 2007 for a Busch Series event at Memphis. The Appellant did not contest the legality of the violations, but appealed the severity of the penalty, arguing the mounting of the shocks on the car was an inadvertent mistake. In deciding the Appeal, the Commission considered several factors: The violation was clear cut, whether intentional or not; The Appellant was on probation for an earlier rule violation at the time of the infraction; The penalty was consistent with other penalties issued in the NASCAR Busch Series for similar shock absorber violations. Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(11-13-2007)
  • JR Motorsports, Hendrick Face Penalties for Lug Nuts: UPDATE: NASCAR likely will levy additional penalties to the JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports teams sent to the back at the start of the Busch Series race Saturday for lug nuts that did not meet specifications at Texas Motor Speedway. The #88 team with driver Brad Keselowski and the #24 team with driver Casey Mears had to replace all of the lug nuts on the tires on the car as well as the on the tires in the pits after NASCAR had an issue with them. “We had some lug nuts that had a thread turned out of them, just trying to make pit stops faster,” said JR Motorsports director of competition Tony Eury Sr. “We’ve got a Busch crew here against all these Cup crews it’s hard to compete against them. We just stepped over the line a little bit trying to be even.”(SceneDaily.com)(11-3-2007)
    UPDATE: NASCAR announced that Chad Walter, crew chief of the #24 Chevy driven by Casey Mears, and Tony Eury Sr., crew chief of the #88 Chevy driven by Brad Keselowski in the Busch Series, have been fined and penalized due to rule violations at Texas Motor Speedway. Both crew chiefs were fined $10,000 and placed on probation until December 31, 2007, for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 10.7F: (lug nuts were not fully threaded; threads had been removed) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during pre-race inspection on November 3.(NASCAR PR)(11-7-2007)
  • RYR Shock Absorber Penalty from Mexico Overturned: The National Stock Car Racing Commissioner, Charles Strang, has advised the National Stock Car Racing Commission of the following: As the final appellate authority within NASCAR, the Commissioner held an appeal hearing on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 concerning penalties imposed following the inspection of the shock absorbers on Busch Series car #90 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on August 4, 2007. The National Stock Car Racing Commission (the first level of appeal) had previously reduced the original penalties imposed by NASCAR following a hearing it had conducted on September 18, 2007. The Appellants elected to further appeal that decision to the National Commissioner as provided for in Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book. Subsequent to this second-level, final appeal hearing, Mr. Strang found that “the results of the inspection process are not adequate to prove culpability on the part of the appellant or his associates.” Mr. Strang therefore ordered that:
    The 25 Busch Series Championship Car Owner Points shall be restored to car owner Robert Yates.
    The 25 Busch Series Championship Driver Points shall be restored to driver Stephen Leicht.
    The $5,000 fine for crew chief Charles Barraclough shall be eliminated. (NASCAR PR)(10-25-2007)
  • National Stock Car Racing Commission Overturns Hendrick Penalty: Hendrick Comments On October 23, 2007, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Hendrick Motorsports regarding the #5 Busch Series car driven by Kyle Busch. The appeal concerned a penalty issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on September 29, 2007 for the Busch Series event at Kansas. The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing”; Section 12-4-Q “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 20A-5.9.D(4): “Unapproved intake manifold modifications to the plenum area.”
    In deciding the Appeal, the Commission considered several factors:
    ·Cars, car parts, components and/or equipment are not approved by reason of having passed through inspection at any time or any number of times unobserved or undetected.
    ·While rules enforcement must, by necessity, be discretionary in areas not readily measured by gauge, scale or template, the current Busch Series manifold rules place extra emphasis on a strictly visual determination of whether or not too much material has been extracted in the plenum area during the polishing process. By and large, Officials need the flexibility to say when a modification has “gone too far”. However, a direct comparison with the unpolished manufacturer casting or other approved pieces can be inconclusive in some respects without the introduction of additional enforcement parameters.
    ·The manifold did conform to the applicable NASCAR-approved gauges and other measuring devices.
    Therefore it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to rescind (overturn) the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(10-24-2007)
    Hendrick Comments: Car owner Rick Hendrick responded to Tuesday’s decision: “Obviously, we’re pleased with the decision,” Hendrick said. “We appreciate the commission giving us the opportunity to present the facts and send a clear message about our performance at Kansas. The team prepared a race-winning car that met every rule in the book. It’s important that our fans, our sponsors and our competitors know that’s the case.”(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(10-24-2007)
  • Bumgarner Fined For Rule Violations At Kansas; Hendrick will Appeal: Mike Bumgarner, crew chief for the #5 Chevy driven by Kyle Busch in the Busch Series, has been fined $10,000 for an infraction committed last weekend at Kansas Speedway. Bumgarner was found in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts and/or equipment used in the event not conforming to NASCAR rules); and 20A-5.9D (4) (unapproved intake manifold modifications to the plenum area) of the 2007 Busch Series rule book. The violation was found during post-race inspection on Sept. 29 and was confirmed during an additional inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., on Tuesday.(NASCAR PR)(10-3-2007)
    UPDATE: Car owner Rick Hendrick responded to NASCAR sanctions announced today involving the #5 Busch Series team of Hendrick Motorsports. “To say we’re confused about this situation would be an understatement,” Hendrick said of NASCAR’s decision. “The intake manifold that the team used was legal and we look forward to presenting the facts to the National Stock Car Racing Commission.”(Hendrick PR)(10-3-2007)
  • Raines Penalized: Tony Raines, driver of the #33 Chevy in the Busch Series, has been fined and penalized due to rule violations this past weekend at Dover International Speedway. Raines was fined $15,000 and penalized 25 driver championship points for violating Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing – entered the race track surface without authorization; throwing helmet at competitor’s car) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. Additionally, the driver’s infractions have resulted in team owner DeLana Harvick being penalized 25 owner championship points. The infractions took place during the race on Sept. 22.(NASCAR PR)(9-25-2007)
  • Robby Gordon Fined, Placed on Probation; Three Other Teams Fined & Penalized: NASCAR announced today that Robby Gordon, driver and owner of the #55 Ford in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been fined $35,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2007 due to a rule violation during last Saturday’s race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Gordon was found to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. The fine and probation also carried the stipulation that if, during the remaining NASCAR events in 2007, there is another action by Gordon that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, he will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR. Additionally, three other NASCAR Busch Series crew chiefs and/or drivers and owners were fined or penalized following rule infractions at Montreal. Charles “Cully” Barraclough, crew chief of the #90 Ford driven by Stephen Leicht, was fined $10,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules), 20A-12.3C (3): divider pistons in both front shock absorbers were not installed to the manufacturer’s specifications and 12A-12.3I: oil volume did not meet the minimum one-inch specification. Robert Yates, owner of the #90 Ford, was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR Busch Series championship owner points, while Leicht was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR Busch Series championship driver points. The infractions were discovered during post-race inspection on Aug. 4. Paul Wolfe, crew chief of the #22 Dodge driven by Patrick Carpentier, was fined $5,000 after violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A-12.1A(2): front spring inside and outside coil diameter exceeded the 1/8-inch limit. Armando Fitz, owner of the #22 Dodge, lost 25 NASCAR Busch Series championship owner points, while Carpentier was docked 25 NASCAR Busch Series championship driver points. The violations were found during post-race inspection. Also, Chris Wright, crew chief for the #35 Ford driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr., was fined $2,000 for violating 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A-12.1A(8): unapproved jacking bolts; two hollow bolts. The infraction was discovered during opening-day inspection on Aug. 4. Jeff Spraker, crew chief of the #63 Chevrolet of Mike MacKenzie, was fined $2,000 after being found in violation of 12-4-A, 9-4-A: the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members, 9-15-G: permitting individuals, without a proper NASCAR license, into the car servicing area and 20A-17B & 17.1A: entering the car service area without the proper safety equipment. These infractions took place during the event.(NASCAR PR)(8-7-2007)
    UPDATE: On September 18, 2007, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Robert Yates Racing. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on August 4, 2007 for the Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing”; Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules”; Section 20A-12.3C (3): Divider pistons in both front shock absorbers were not installed to the manufacturer’s specifications”, and Section 12A-12.3l: “Oil volume did not meet the minimum one (1) inch specification”. The penalties assessed were: Loss of 25 Busch Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner Robert Yates, Loss of 25 Busch Series Championship Driver Points for driver Stephen Leicht, $10,000.00 fine for crew chief Charles Barraclough. In deciding the Appeal, the Commission considered several factors: Although the divider piston positioning was similar in both front shock absorbers, the oil volume measurements differed, a similar circumstance of a divider piston “dropping” in an excessively hot shock during post-race inspection has not otherwise occurred in the Busch Series, even on other road courses or circuits that are notoriously tough on brakes, none of the other cars inspected following the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve experienced a similar condition, both shocks passed other post-race inspection procedures including compression testing and parts verification, and the inspection procedure at that time did not call for retention of the oil volume. Nonetheless, the Appellants presented a compelling argument that excessive heat in the shocks from being adjacent to the front brakes may have affected divider piston positioning when gas pressure in the shock was released during post-race inspection, as well as a corresponding movement of the oil column. While this provided a plausible explanation of the measured divider piston placement and corresponding oil volume in the left front shock, it did not satisfactorily explain the infraction in the right front shock. NASCAR officials testified that fines for shock infractions of this nature are generally assessed at $5,000 per shock.Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to amend the original penalties assessed by NASCAR to the following: $5,000 fine for crew chief Charles Barraclough.(NASCAR PR)(9-19-2007)
  • Crew Chiefs Fined: Scott Zipadelli, crew chief of the #47 Ford driven by Kelly Bires and Stewart Cooper, crew chief of the #37 Ford driven by Bobby East in the Busch Series, have been fined due to rule violations at California Speedway. Zipadelli was fined $2,500 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 16.3 (unapproved fuel cell installation: spacers (washers) in bottom of recessed well) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. Cooper was fined $1,000 for violating 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A – 12.4B (unapproved slots in lower A-frame spring bucket). The infractions were discovered during opening day inspection on Aug. 30. (NASCAR PR)(9-6-2007)
  • Tester Fined; Placed on Probation: Greg Tester, crew chief of the #71 Chevy driven by Ron Young in the Busch Series, has been fined and penalized due to rule violations at Michigan. Tester was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until December 31, 2007, for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 5.9D (4) (unapproved intake manifold modifications to the plenum area) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during opening day inspection on August 17.(NASCAR PR)(8-30-2007)
  • Fitz Motorsports to appeal NASCAR penalty: UPDATE: Denied Fitz Motorsports acknowledges the fine and penalties imposed by NASCAR on the #22 Dodge following the NASCAR Busch Series race in Montreal; however Fitz Motorsports will issue an appeal based upon extraordinary circumstances. After careful review by Fitz Motorsports engineers, a conclusion was drawn that the issue with the spring in question was due to an effect of driver Patrick Carpentier being forced off the course at the end of the race.(Fitz Motorsports PR)(8-8-2007)
    UPDATE: On August 15, 2007, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Fitz Motorsports. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on August 4, 2007 for the Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The Appellants contended that the infraction may have resulted from two off-course excursions by the racecar during the race, and that any resulting coil-binding effects from a deflected spring would not be a benefit on a road course. In deciding the Appeal, the Commission considered several factors:
    There was no indication that the infraction was intentional or premeditated. Rather, the evidence suggested that a component with a number of existing service cycles may not have held up to the rigors of the race.
    Fitz Motorsports does not have a history of rules violations in this series.
    Race contact damage could not be directly attributed as a factor in this case. The Commission notes that front-running cars, such as the Appellant’s, were frequently impacting raised curbing at several locations around the road course each lap.
    Ultimately, the spring did not meet specifications in the Rule Book and the penalty assessed by NASCAR was consistent with penalties for similar violations in this series.
    Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(8-16-2007)
  • Greg Biffle Fined For Failing To Fulfill Post-Race Media Obligations; 2 Other Penalties Announced: UPDATE: NASCAR announced that Greg Biffle has been fined $5,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, for failing to fulfill his post-race media obligations this past Saturday night, following the Busch Series race at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Biffle was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-H (violation of sub-section 7-2B: Failure to meet obligation of an accepted entry). Biffle, driver of the #16 Ford, finished second in the event. In addition to the winning driver, second- and third-place finishers, plus the highest-finishing rookie of the year candidate must report for post-race interviews.
    Also, two Busch Series crew chiefs have been fined $5,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 due to violations at Indianapolis: Chris Rice, crew chief on the #01 Chevy driven by Shelby Howard; Chuck Meyers, crew chief on the # 1 Chevy driven by J.J. Yeley. During opening inspection, both crew chiefs were found in violation of Section 12-4-A, 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules) and Section 20A-5.9D(4) (unapproved intake manifold modifications to the plenum area).(NASCAR PR)(7-31-2007)
    UPDATE: Biffle responded to the penalty, “First and foremost, I would like to apologize to the media who were present in the press box at ORP last weekend. I talked to every reporter on pit road which included television, radio and print. I also offered to stay and speak to any other media member at the track. I believe there was a misunderstanding on my part as to how we would be getting to the press box and at the time it seemed that we would be trying to walk in the opposite direction of thousands of fans trying to exit the grandstands. I want to be clear that I was very excited about the second place finish and was in no hurry to leave, it just seemed unreasonable at the time to try to get to the press box as the grandstands were emptying in the opposite direction.”(Roush-Fenway Racing PR)(8-1-2007)
  • Two Crew Chiefs Fined NASCAR announced that Doug Chouinard, crew chief of the #03 Toyota driven by Todd Bodine and Chuck Meyers, crew chief of the #1 Chevy driven by J.J. Yeley in the Busch Series, have been fined due to rule violations at Gateway. Chouinard was fined $5,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-5.10.1B(6) (thickness of the throttle shaft and throttle plate was less than 0.197 inch) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. Meyers was fined $500 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-16.1C (fuel cell foam not used as provided by the manufacturer; open areas cut out of foam). The infractions were discovered during opening day inspection on July 20. (NASCAR PR)(7-25-2007)
  • Beahr Fined by NASCAR: Chad Beahr, crew chief of the #89 Dodge driven by Morgan Shepherd in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been fined due to rule violations this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Beahr was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-12.1A(8) (jacking bolt must be made of solid magnetic steel) of the Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during opening-day inspection on July 13.(NASCAR PR)(7-17-2007
  • #59 Busch Series Crew Chief Fined For Violations At Daytona: NASCAR announced that Greg Conner, crew chief of the #59 Ford driven by Marcos Ambrose in the Busch Series, has been fined due to rule violations at Daytona International Speedway. Conner was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 2.1E (unapproved aerodynamic modification) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. The infractions were discovered during opening pre-qualifying inspection on July 6.(NASCAR PR)(7-12-2007)
  • NASCAR Confiscates Shock from Edwards’ Car: UPDATE: NASCAR has confiscated the right-rear shock of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Carl Edwards. During post-race inspection Saturday at New Hampshire, NASCAR officials had an issue with the shock and took it for further inspection. Edwards will keep his second-place finish, but NASCAR will continue to inspect the shock and will determine penalties, if any, early next week.(SceneDaily.com)(6-30-2007)UPDATE: NASCAR announced that three teams in the Busch Series have been fined and penalized due to rule violations this past weekend at New Hampshire. Pierre Kuettel, crew chief for the #60 Ford driven by Carl Edwards, was fined $5,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A–12.3S (right rear shock absorber would not compress within the specified period of time) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. Additionally, Edwards was penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points and team owner Jack Roush was penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points due to the same violations. The infractions were discovered during post-race inspection on June 30.
    AND: Also at New Hampshire, Ricky Pearson, crew chief for the #36 Chevy of Brent Sherman, was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A–5.10.2 (carburetor spacer plate tapered and beveled; and Wally Rogers, crew chief of the #77 Chevrolet of Bobby Labonte, was fined $500 for violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 16.1C (fuel cell foam not used as provided by the manufacturer; open areas cut out of foam). The infractions were discovered on the #36 during pre-race inspection on June 30, while the violations on the #77 were found during practice on June 29.(NASCAR PR)(7-4-2007)
  • #72 Team Crew Chief Fined: NASCAR announced that Robbie Wethington, crew chief of the #72 Dodge driven by D.J. Kennington in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been fined due to rule violations this past weekend at Dover International Speedway. Wethington was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A–12.5D: offset hubs will not be permitted (rear) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during pre-race inspection on May 31.(NASCAR PR)(6-5-2007)
  • Yeley’s Crew Chief Fined: NASCAR announced that Chuck Meyers, crew chief of the #1 Chevy driven by J.J. Yeley in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been fined due to rule violations this past weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Meyers was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A–3.2.3A: right side window too thin of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during practice on May 26.(NASCAR PR)(5-30-2007)
  • Wolfe Penalized by NASCAR: Paul Wolfe, crew chief of the #22 Dodge driven by Mike Bliss in the Busch Series, has been fined due to rule violations this past weekend at Talladega. Wolfe was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-13B (steering idler arm must be solid) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was found during opening day inspection on April 26.(NASCAR PR)(5-2-2007)
  • Kyle Busch’s Crew Chief Penalized: NASCAR announced today that Mike Bumgarner, crew chief of the #5 Chevy driven by Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been penalized due to rules violations at Bristol. Bumgarner was fined $2,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules and 20A – 12.1A(8) (jacking bolts must be made of solid magnetic steel) of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction occurred during opening day inspection. (NASCAR PR)(3-27-2007)
  • Two Crew Chiefs Fined by NASCAR: NASCAR announced that Mike Boerschinger, crew chief of the #87 Chevy driven by Joe Nemechek and Shane Wilson, crew chief of the #21 Chevy driven by Kevin Harvick in the Busch Series, have been penalized due to rule violations at Las Vegas. Both were fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 12.1A: jacking bolt must be made of solid magnetic steel of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. The infractions were discovered during opening day inspection.(NASCAR PR)(3-12-2007)
  • NASCAR Penalizes #66 Crew Chief: Bryant Frazier, crew chief of the #66 driven by Steve Wallace, has been penalized due to rule violations at Daytona. Frazier was fined $1,000 for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A – 10.5B: (bracket around drive shaft less than one-quarter inch thick) of the 2007 Busch Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered during opening day inspection on Feb 13.(NASCAR PR)(2-21-2007)