NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT: On May 20, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of JTG Daugherty Racing regarding the ...
NATIONAL STOCK CAR RACING COMMISSION STATEMENT:
On May 20, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of JTG Daugherty Racing regarding the #47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. The appeal concerned penalties issued by NASCAR following post-qualifying inspection on April 16, 2010, for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.
The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing." and Section 20-2.3A: "Unapproved added weight."
The penalties assessed were:
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for owner, Tad Geschickter
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for driver, Marcos Ambrose
-$50,000 fine and probation until December 31, 2010 for crew chief, Frank Kerr
The Appellants argued that the pieces added to the radiator support panel near the nose of the car were simply spacers used to align the panel correctly with the bottom of the radiator.
In the view of the Appeals Panel, the pieces clearly constituted added weight. Furthermore, the Appeals Panel was troubled by the thought of unapproved weight located in an area other than an approved weight container as defined in the Rule Book.
Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel 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 Chief Appellate Officer.
George Silbermann - Appellate Administrator and non-voting member