McSwain fined for Watkins Glen infraction

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2000) NASCAR officials announced Tuesday they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Michael McSwain for a rules violation found in preliminary inspections on Friday for last Sunday's Global Crossing @...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 15, 2000) NASCAR officials announced Tuesday they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Michael McSwain for a rules violation found in preliminary inspections on Friday for last Sunday's Global Crossing @ The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. McSwain, chief mechanic for Robert Yates Racing's No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford of driver Ricky Rudd, incurred the penalty for "trailing arms that were modified to be lighter than the specifications in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book."

McSwain was fined $10,000 for violations of Section 20-12-A in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "If an I-Beam style trailing arm is used, it must be constructed using two (2) C-channels of a minimum one (1) inch in width by three (3) inches in height magnetic steel with a minimum wall thickness of 1/8 inch ... welded back to back, creating a vertical wall of two (2) 1/8-inch wall thicknesses ..."

McSwain was penalized under Section 12-4-Q: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform ... or have not been approved by NASCAR."

Rudd started ninth in the race after Bud Pole Qualifying was rained out. He led three laps before he pitted to replace a faulty carburetor and eventually finished 11th in the race won by Steve Park.

Rudd moved up to eight in the series standings following the event, heading into Sunday's Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer at Michigan Speedway.

-nascar.com-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing