Daytona Beach, Fla - NASCAR Officials announced numerous fines levied after the running of Sunday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega.
Tony Eury, Sr., crew chief of the No. 8 Chevy received a $25,000 fine for a rule violation found during post-race inspection following Sunday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Eury, Sr., was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any car that is found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion& of the race". The minimum height requirement is 51 inches - the #8 car was 1/8 of an inch under this requirement.
By standard NASCAR practice, Earnhardt Jr.'s fifth career victory and third of the season was never in jeopardy.
The penalty was like that delivered to Penske Racing crew chief Peter Sospenzo 18 months ago for a similar violation. After the April 30, 2000 NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway, winner Jeremy Mayfield's car was found to be under the height requirement in post-race inspection.
Larry Carter, crew chief of the Haas Carter Motorsports crew chief Larry Carter was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the balance of the season. Carter was fined for leaving his pit stall and confronting another crew in its pit area. He is also suspended from NASCAR until his fine is paid.
Terry Spalding, team member of the No. 26 Haas Carter Motorsports car, was fined $5,000 and placed on indefinite suspension from NASCAR for the unauthorized use of his NASCAR License -- selling credentials.
Additional fines were levied against crew chiefs for rules violations discovered in inspections prior to the race. They were penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform... or have not been approved by NASCAR..."
Bobby King, crew chief of driver Hut Stricklin's No. 90 and Michael McSwain of Ricky Rudd's No. 28 were each fined $5,000 for an illegal rear deck lid. Sospenzo, currently the chief mechanic for Mike Wallace's No. 12 car, was fined $5,000 for an illegal fuel cell and $500 for illegal underpans.
Chad Knaus of Stacy Compton's No. 92 car was fined $750 for illegal windshield clips that were too small and Jimmy Elledge of Bobby Hamilton's No. 55 ride was fined $2,500 for suspension travel limiting devices (bump stops).
Paul Andrews of Kenny Wallace's No. 1 was fined $1,000 for illegal rear window braces and $1,250 for an unapproved air deflector, Slugger Labbe of Michael Waltrip's No. 15 car was fined $250 for illegal rear window braces and Donnie Wingo of Jimmy Spencer's No. 26 was fined $250 for an unapproved air deflector.