After further review, the play stands - No. 17 OK By Marty Smith CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2000) After further tests, NASCAR officials ruled that Matt Kenseth (right) and the rest of his team did not violate NASCAR rules in winning the All Pro ...
After further review, the play stands - No. 17 OK
By Marty Smith
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2000) After further tests, NASCAR officials ruled that Matt Kenseth (right) and the rest of his team did not violate NASCAR rules in winning the All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper 300 on Saturday. In post-race inspection following Saturday's All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, questions were raised about whether or not the engine in race-winner Matt Kenseth's Chevrolet was legal. Approximately an hour after the 200-lap affair, NASCAR considered the compression ration in the motor, which is legal at 9.5 to 1, illegal. Thus, they impounded it, transported it to a controlled environment, let it cool down and then checked it.
Sunday morning, it was declared legal.
"Matt Kenseth has passed inspection," said NASCAR senior vice president and director of operations Mike Helton in a brief press conference in the LMS media center. "When we're dealing with increments as tiny as centimeters and the like, if we're going to make a mistake we're going to make a mistake in favor of the competitor."
According to Helton, this happens frequently.
"It's not uncommon," Helton said. "We did it with the (No.) 2 car at Richmond, the 43 car at Bristol. We keep the motor (and test it) in an environment that we can be absolutely certain. In the case of the 17 car yesterday, it was very close to being the right dimensions. So, we kept it, took it to a building across the highway and rechecked it this morning and it passed inspection."
Post-race inspection is limited to three hours from the conclusion of the race. Thus, due to the extended period of time it took for NASCAR to rule Kenseth legal, Reiser Enterprises will be levied an undisclosed fine. They will, however, be able to keep the victory, money and points awarded them Saturday.
"There is a fee if it takes us longer than three hours to get through inspection. It doesn't say it has to pass within three hours," Helton said.
Kenseth won the race after Joe Nemechek race out of gas with two laps to go. It marks his fourth win, 10th top-5 and 14th top-10 in 17 starts this season. -nascar.com-