Daytona 500: Penalties after qualifying announced

FOUR NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES CREW CHIEFS SUSPENDED Suspensions Start With Daytona 500, Accompanied By Fines And Point Penalties DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2007) -- NASCAR announced Tuesday that four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chiefs have...

FOUR NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES CREW CHIEFS SUSPENDED
Suspensions Start With Daytona 500, Accompanied By Fines And Point Penalties

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2007) -- NASCAR announced Tuesday that four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chiefs have been suspended from competition, starting with Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500.

Two of the four -- Ken Francis, crew chief for the No. 9 Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne; and Robbie Reiser, crew chief for the No. 17 Ford of Matt Kenseth -- have been suspended for four races and fined $50,000. Also, Kahne and Kenseth were penalized with the loss of 50 driver championship points while their car owners, Ray Evernham and Jack Roush, were penalized 50 car owner championship points.

The violations by the No. 9 and No. 17 teams were found during post-qualifying inspection on Feb. 11. Both teams' qualifying times were disallowed.

Two others -- Rodney Childers, crew chief for the No. 10 Dodge driven by Scott Riggs; and Josh Browne, crew chief for the No. 19 Dodge driven by Elliott Sadler -- have been suspended for two races and fined $25,000. In addition, Riggs and Sadler were penalized 25 driver championship points while their car owners, James Rocco and Evernham, were penalized 25 car owner championship points.

The violations by the No. 10 and No. 19 teams were found prior to qualifying.

In each instance the violations were of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts components and/or equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules) and 20-2.1E (unapproved aerodynamic modification) of the series rule book.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham , Jack Roush , Elliott Sadler