The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced Tuesday morning that three Nextel Cup crew chiefs would garner suspensions due to rule infractions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson...
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced Tuesday morning that three Nextel Cup crew chiefs would garner suspensions due to rule infractions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson failed post race inspection Sunday night for being too low which is an infraction of Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules).
In result, the No. 48 team has been docked 25 owner and driver points dropping driver Jimmie Johnson out of the point lead to second behind Kurt Busch. Chad Knaus, crew chief of the No. 48 has been suspended for two races and fined $35,000.
Todd Berrier, crew chief of the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick has been suspended for the next four races and fined $25,000. Those fines were levied after the No. 29 was found to have an unapproved fuel filler and unapproved fuel cell vent after qualifying on Friday.
The car was in violation of Sections 12-4-A and 12-4-Q. The violation was found during post-qualifying inspection and loses 25 driver and owner points dropping Harvick from 8th to 10th in rankings.
Second place Kyle Busch was also found to have an infraction during post race inspection in Las Vegas. As a result of the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolet's quarter-panel heights being too high (which is a violation of Sections 12-4- A and 12-4-Q) crew chief Alan Gustafson has been suspended for two races and fined $25,000.
The No. 5 also has been docked 25 owner and driver points. That drops Busch from 18th to 22nd in point standings.
Also nailed by NASCAR: Harold Holly crew chief of the No. 32 Chevy of Bobby Hamilton who racked up a $5,000 fine for an unapproved deck lid. John Latchford, crew chief of the No. 89 Dodge of Morgan Shepherd was fined $1,000 for unapproved fire suppression equipment. And lastly, Larry Carter, crew chief of the No. 2 Dodge of Rusty Wallace was fined $1,000 for the car's shoulder harness date not being displayed.
This marks the second time that Kurt Busch has inherited the lead in Nextel Cup series points due to driver points being taken away from the leader. Last season, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was docked 25-points for inappropriate language during post race interviews at Talladega; which gave Busch the lead in rankings.
Johnson's penalty moves Busch to first as Johnson falls 10 points behind into second.