Mark Martin penalized 25 points by NASCAR

Mark Martin penalized 25 points by NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2002) -- NASCAR officials announced today penalties for the No. 6 Ford team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series because of a rule violation found following Sunday's race at North Carolina Speedway. Mark Martin, driver...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2002) -- NASCAR officials announced today penalties for the No. 6 Ford team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series because of a rule violation found following Sunday's race at North Carolina Speedway.

Mark Martin, driver of the No. 6 Ford, has been penalized 25 series championship points. In addition, Martin's team owner Jack Roush has been penalized 25 car owner points. A $5,000 fine was issued to crew chief Ben Leslie.

Mark Martin.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.

All three were penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the NASCAR Winston Cup rule book ("Any determination by NASCAR officials that parts and/or equipment used in the event do not conform to NASCAR rules."), because of an unapproved front spring.

The left front coil spring on the No. 6 car had approximately 4 3/8 (four-and-three-eighths) coils. The required minimum number of coils is 4 1/2 (four-and-one-half).

This is the third time this season officials have taken points from NASCAR Winston Cup teams because of unapproved coil springs.

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Mark Martin
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