NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT: On July 7, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of Braun Racing regarding the ...
NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT:
On July 7, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of Braun Racing regarding the #38 NASCAR Nationwide Series car.
The penalty concerned Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book: "Actions detrimental to stock car racing."; Section 12-4-J: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR Rules"; Section 20A-10.8.2E: "Teams will not be permitted to use tires or wheels for competition from another team unless approved by the Series Director"; and Section 20A-10.8.2L: "Identification numbers have been changed on previously approved tires."
This stemmed from the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Nashville Superspeedway on June 5, 2010.
Four penalties were originally assessed including a loss of 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner points for Ralph Braun; a loss of 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver points for Jason Leffler; a $25,000 fine, 2-race suspension and probation for crew chief Trip Bruce; and a 2-race suspension and probation for crew member Kevin Bellicourt who was the tire specialist.
The Appellants requested and were granted a deferral of the fine and suspensions until such time as this hearing could be convened, but later withdrew the requests for suspension deferrals, and the crew chief and tire specialist began serving their suspensions at that time. The point losses were not appealed. So the appeal pertained to the $25,000 fine.
The team freely admitted that the infractions had occurred, but asked for leniency in regards to the fine.
The Appeals Panel found the penalty to be correct for the infraction.
Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.
The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.
George Silbermann - Appellate Administrator and non-voting member