Fines handed out after Daytona race

Eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Crew Chiefs, Two Drivers Fined For Rules Infractions at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2004) -- Eight crew chiefs and two drivers of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series were fined a...

Eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Crew Chiefs, Two Drivers Fined For Rules Infractions at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2004) -- Eight crew chiefs and two drivers of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series were fined a combined $29,500 for various infractions during Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today.

Jimmy Fennig, crew chief for the No. 97 car of Kurt Busch, was issued the largest penalty of the group as he received a $20,000 fine for improperly attached weight to the rear bumper reinforcement bar. In the judgment of NASCAR officials, the materials found (pellets) were added for the purpose of increasing the weight of the rear bumper cover attaching and reinforcement tubing will not be permitted. Fennig was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), Section 12-4-W (Improperly attached weight to the rear bumper reinforcement bar) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book.

Ken Francis, crew chief for the No. 91 car of Bill Elliott, received a $5,000 fine for a non-approved rear deck lid that did not fit the NASCAR templates. He was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules).

Anthony Gibson, crew chief for the No. 1 car of John Andretti, was fined $500 for an unapproved air directional device and an additional $500 for a rear coil spring gap that did not meet NASCAR specifications. He was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: Unapproved air directional device and a rear coil spring gap at the closed ends exceeded the specified gap of one-eighth of an inch.)

Mike Hillman, crew chief for the No. 50 car of Derrike Cope, drew a $500 fine for air filter housing that did not meet NASCAR standards. He was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: Holes drilled in the bottom of the air filter housing exceeded the specified amount of two).

Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for the No. 20 car of Tony Stewart, and Ben Leslie, crew chief for the No. 21 car of Ricky Rudd, were fined $500 each for using adjustable fender braces. Both crew chiefs violated Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: Adjustable fender braces will not be permitted.)

Greg Steadman, crew chief for the No. 45 car of Kyle Petty, and Gary Putnam, crew chief for the No. 43 car of Jeff Green, were fined $500 each for an unapproved air directional device. Both were in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules.)

Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 car, and Kirk Shelmerdine, driver of the No. 72 car, were fined $500 each for using a head-and-neck restraint system in which the manufacturer's date had expired. Both drivers were in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-17.1.B (3) (head-and-neck restraint device -- manufacturer's date had expired.)

The infractions for Wallace, Fennig and Francis occurred during opening-day inspection (Feb. 6); Zipadelli's came during pre-race inspection for the Budweiser Shootout (Feb. 7); Steadman, Putnam and Shelmerdine during pre-qualifying inspection (Feb. 8); and Gibson, Hillman and Leslie during pre-race inspection for the Gatorade 125 events (Feb. 12).

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Kyle Petty , Jeff Green , Kurt Busch , Kirk Shelmerdine