Haas CNC Racing No. 70 appeal results

NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT On June 9, 2008, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Haas CNC Racing regarding the ...

NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT

On June 9, 2008, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Haas CNC Racing regarding the #70 car. The appeal concerned four penalties issued by NASCAR stemming from inspection on May 24, 2008 at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing" and Section 20.3.1.3A "Wing mounting locations were not as specified by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book."

The penalties assessed were:

* Loss of 150 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points, and confiscation of the racecar, for car owner Margaret Haas.

* Loss of 150 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver Points for driver Johnny Sauter.

* $150,000.00 fine; suspension from NASCAR for the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events; suspension from NASCAR until July 9, 2008, and probation until December 31, 2008 for crew chief David Skog.

* Suspension from NASCAR for the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Events; suspension from NASCAR until July 9, 2008, and probation until December 31, 2008 for team member Thomas Harris.

The Appellants did not contest the rules violation, but argued that the penalties were too severe for the infractions. They also argued that the infractions did not involve illegal parts on the car, and that the resulting higher wing location was a disadvantage.

The Commission found that the infractions resulted from what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to circumvent the inspection process. Accordingly, the penalties that were issued are 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.

Dale Pinilis
Cathy Rice
George Silbermann, Chairman

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Sauter