Earnhardt Jr, DEI receive penalty

Earnhardt Jr. Penalized For Post-Race Comment at Talladega DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2004) -- Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized with a loss of 25 championship driver points and a $10,000 fine for an inappropriate post-race comment...

Earnhardt Jr. Penalized For Post-Race Comment at Talladega

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2004) -- Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized with a loss of 25 championship driver points and a $10,000 fine for an inappropriate post-race comment during the live national television broadcast of Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR officials announced today.

Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet, was in violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book for using inappropriate language.

The penalty also will extend to the team as Dale Earnhardt Inc. will lose 25 championship owner points for the actions of its driver.

Earnhardt Jr.'s championship points total will be adjusted from 5,543 points to 5,518 as a result of the penalty, and will drop him from first to second in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kurt Busch and Roush Racing will assume the lead with 5,530 points, 12 ahead of Earnhardt Jr. and DEI, respectively.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kurt Busch