NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 19, 2006) -- On July 18, 2006, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Roadrunner Motorsports. The appeal concerned penalties issued by...
NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 19, 2006) -- On July 18, 2006, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Roadrunner Motorsports. The appeal concerned penalties issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on June 24, 2006 for the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series race at Infineon Raceway.
The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing"; Section 12-4-Q "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules" and Section 20C-12.3A "unapproved shock absorber components, pistons."
The penalties assessed against car owner Valerie Inglebright and driver Jim Inglebright read as follows: "The No. 1 car, driven by Jim Inglebright in the Infineon race, will be moved from tenth (10) finishing position to twenty-third (23) finishing position, per NASCAR Officials."
The Appellants did not contest the fact that the shock absorbers failed to conform to the NASCAR rules, but appealed the severity of the penalties.
In deciding the appeal, the Commission considered several factors. The Appellants have a good history of adherence to the NASCAR rules. The car owner made a compelling argument concerning the relative severity of the penalties and the effect on her team and others.
Previous penalties issued for other infractions in the Grand National Division do not readily apply in this case. Whether inadvertent or not, this infraction raises the specter of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup-type technology migrating into the Grand National Division, in the view of the Commission. Therefore, strong penalties were warranted.
Therefore it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties 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 Commissioner.
George Silbermann, Chairman