Daytona Post-Race Penalties For Keselowski, Cook CONCORD, NC (February 21, 2001) - NASCAR today announced penalties for a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team following a post-race technical inspection at last weekend's season-opening race at ...
Daytona Post-Race Penalties For Keselowski, Cook
CONCORD, NC (February 21, 2001) - NASCAR today announced penalties for a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team following a post-race technical inspection at last weekend's season-opening race at Daytona Beach, FL.
Crew chief Bob Keselowski was fined $10,000 while team owner Kay Keselowski and driver Terry Cook were docked 100 championship points after NASCAR officials discovered an engine rules discrepancy after the race. The engine, provided to the team by veteran NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott, was deemed to have cylinder head ports that were off center line by 32-thousandths of an inch.
"This is the first time in 27 years of building NASCAR engines that something like this has happened to me," said Elliott. "It was a simple machining error. There were two or three sets of heads out of that batch that got cut that way. I understand that's wrong and I was the one that made the mistake. Unfortunately, the race team is going to pay the penalty. I can't apologize enough for that. It was an honest mistake and it didn't enhance performance in any way. Typically, when you see a performance gain in this area, the ports are raised. In this case, they were slightly shifted from left to right. Every other issue about these heads was correct other than the ports were shifted left to right 32-thousandths of an inch. If I was going to do something to try to enhance the performance, I would have bumped the compression or raised the ports. I certainly wouldn't shift the ports 32-thousandths off center."
"We have complete confidence in Ernie Elliott and his engines," stated Bob Keselowski. "According to NASCAR, the infraction last weekend in no way enhanced the performance of our truck. Terry raced his heart out and we had a great team effort to finish sixth. We are disappointed with the results of the inspection and we are planning to issue an appeal of this ruling through the proper channels."
The 100-point penalty dropped Cook from sixth to 36th in the Truck Series championship standings heading into the next race at Darlington, SC Friday, March 15.
"The thing that hurts the most is losing the points," said Cook. "We will just have to put this behind us. Last year, Jack Sprague was more than 100 points out of the top spot at midseason and came back to win the championship. There are 21 races left this year and I know we can do the same thing. This is just going to make us more determined than ever to win races and the championship this season."