Hewitt fined and suspended

>From NASCAR Public Relations Office RELEASE APRIL 22, 1996 NASCAR WINSTON CUP NOTES OF INTEREST DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR officials announced Monday they have levied a $5,000 time and a two-race suspension against Doug Hewitt,...

>From NASCAR

Public Relations Office RELEASE APRIL 22, 1996

NASCAR WINSTON CUP NOTES OF INTEREST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR officials announced Monday they have levied a $5,000 time and a two-race suspension against Doug Hewitt, crew chief for the No. 30 Bahari Racing Pontiac team.

The penalty is a result of a small clutch, removed by officials from the sanctioning body from the Bahari car last Saturday at Martinsville. NASCAR requires a minimum clutch diameter of 7 1/4 inches. The clutch taken had a diameter of approximately 6 3/4 inches.

The action violated Section 12, Rule 4, Article Q of the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (including NASCAR Winston West Series) Rule Book stating: Any determination by NASCAR officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules or which leave not been approved by NASCAR prior to the Event or which are not required for the normal functional operation of the race car or safety items which have been altered to detract from or compromise their integrity or effectiveness: disallowance of qualifying times, withdrawal of the opportunity to qualify for the Event, and/or fine, and/or loss of finishing positions in the Event and/or suspension from NASCAR.

ALSO:

*** NASCAR Officials announced this past weekend they have approved modifications to the Ford 'Thunderbird for competition in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The decision came after analyzing the data from a wind tunnel test last March after the Purolator 500 in Atlanta, as well as considering options presented by Ford.

Through a technical bulletin, officials approved a reduction of an additional half inch the rear portion of the roof line on all Thunderbirds at tracks one mile longer. The exception will be road courses, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

The changes will become effective prior to The Winston Select all-star weekend at The Charlotte Motor Speedway May 17-19.

Jack Durbin indy500@freenet.tlh.fl.us Motorsport News International jackd@motorsport.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup