Robbie Pyle penalized after Hawkeye Downs race

Pendleton, Ind. (May 27, 2003) -- American Speed Association LLC officials announced today that Wal Tom Racing would be sanctioned for failing post-race technical inspection after Saturday night's ASA Racing Iowa 300 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in...

Pendleton, Ind. (May 27, 2003) -- American Speed Association LLC officials announced today that Wal Tom Racing would be sanctioned for failing post-race technical inspection after Saturday night's ASA Racing Iowa 300 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Robbie Pyle wheeled the No. 63 CITGO / Texor Chevrolet to a strong second- place finish in the sixth event of the season, but his fuel cell was found to be too low during post-race inspection. The 2003 ASA Racing Official Rulebook states that the fuel cell container must be a minimum of 11 inches above the ground plane. Pyle will keep the second-place finish, but has been fined 10 percent of his earnings from the event and 50 championship points.

During technical inspection prior to and following qualifying or a race, the ASA cars are filled with VP Racing fuel and the BFGoodrich Traction T/A Radial Tires are set at the recommended BFGoodrich Tires air pressures. At that point, the car must meet the specifications stated in the rulebook.

"Per the rulebook, the fuel cell is a 11-inch minimum and in post-race technical inspection, the No. 63 car didn't meet those regulations," ASA Technical Director Kim Shaver said. "We never like this to occur with any of our competitors, after the team put together such a great finish, but we have to enforce the rulebook. We felt based on the nature of the infraction, the fine and point deduction was a fitting penalty."

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