Daytona violations bring 15 fines

Total of $102,000 in Fines Issued to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Teams for Daytona Violations DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2005) - NASCAR announced Wednesday that 15 penalties - including 11 fines totaling $102,000 - have been issued to NASCAR ...

Total of $102,000 in Fines Issued to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Teams for Daytona Violations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2005) - NASCAR announced Wednesday that 15 penalties - including 11 fines totaling $102,000 - have been issued to NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams, resulting from rule violations during the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500 race weeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Two of those penalties were issued to Robby Gordon Motorsports, including the most severe fine - $50,000 for crew chief Bob Temple - because of an unapproved intake manifold on the No. 7 Chevrolet discovered during the initial Daytona 500 inspection process on Feb. 11.

Robby Gordon's car owner Jim Smith was penalized 25 car owner championship points. The No. 7 was in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment that do not conform to NASCAR rules).

Gordon currently has no driver championship points, because the No. 7 failed to make the Daytona 500 field. Smith, however, earned 31 owner points at Daytona. Per the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book, a car owner receives points based on qualifying results, if their car fails to actually qualify for a starting field.

Four penalties were issued to Wood Brothers Racing, because of an unapproved spoiler adjustment on the No. 21 Ford that took place after pre-race inspection for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona (Daytona 500 qualifying races) on Feb. 17. Ricky Rudd was penalized 25 driver points; Glen Wood was penalized 25 owner points; and crew chief Michael McSwain was fined $25,000. Also, crew member Marc Smith was suspended from NASCAR competition until March 31. The No. 21 also was in violation of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q.

Pete Rondeau, crew chief on the No. 8 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., was fined $10,000 for an unapproved third gear transmission ratio. The violation was discovered during the initial inspection for the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 10. The No. 8 was in violation of Section 12-4-A and 12-4-CC (unapproved rear end gear or transmission gear ratio). David Charpentier, crew chief for the No. 14 Ford driven by John Andretti, was fined $10,000 because of improperly attached weight, a violation of 12-4-A and 12-4-W (improperly attached weight) determined during pre-race inspection for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.

Also, the following NASCAR NEXTEL Cup crew chiefs were issued $1,000 fines:

* Harold Holly (No. 32 Chevrolet driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr.), because of an unapproved fuel cell well (violating Section 12-4-U) found during the initial Daytona 500 inspection on Feb. 11. There were false panels inside the well.

* Jimmy Elledge (No. 41 Dodge driven by Casey Mears), because of an unapproved window net (12-4-Q) found during initial Budweiser Shootout inspection on Feb. 10.

* Jim Penland (No. 23 Dodge driven by Mike Skinner), because of an unapproved window net (12-4-Q) found during initial Daytona 500 inspection on Feb. 11.

* Robert Leslie (No. 33 Chevrolet driven by Kerry Earnhardt), because of an unapproved window net (12-4-Q) found during initial inspection for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 11.

* Beau Tiffany (No. 52 Ford driven by Larry Gunselman), because of an unapproved fire suppression agent (12-4-Q) found during initial Daytona 500 inspection on Feb. 11.

* Stanton Hover Jr. (No. 80 Ford driven by Andy Belmont), because of an unapproved side window (12-4-Q) found during initial Daytona 500 inspection on Feb. 11.

* Hover, because of an unapproved fire bottle (12-4-Q) found during the 500's initial inspection process on Feb. 11.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Mike Skinner , Robby Gordon , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Casey Mears , Andy Belmont , Larry Gunselman , Kerry Earnhardt , Bob Temple , Jim Smith
Teams Wood Brothers Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports