Penalties announced at Daytona

NASCAR Officials announced today the suspension of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chiefs for rules violations discovered in pre- and post-qualifying inspections for the Daytona 500. Tony Furr, crew chief of the No. 25 Chevrolet Monte...

NASCAR Officials announced today the suspension of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chiefs for rules violations discovered in pre- and post-qualifying inspections for the Daytona 500. Tony Furr, crew chief of the No. 25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, received a four-race suspension and a $10,000 fine for not meeting the minimum height specifications following Saturday's qualifying at Daytona International Speedway. The team's qualifying time was disallowed. Furr was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any modification that permits the lowering of a race car while in competition^Å" Furr was fined an additional $2,500 for fuel cell violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. Furr was penalized under Section 12-4-U, "Any violation of fuel cell or fuel cell container specifications^Å" Both of these violations place Furr on probation until the end of the year. Along with the above-mentioned penalties, Furr was issued another $250 fine for adjustable braces and penalized under Section 12-4-Q, "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform: adjustable braces^Å" Furr's suspension begins on Friday, Feb. 23rd at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Kevin Cram, crew chief of the No. 01 Dodge Intrepid, received a four-race suspension and a $10,000 fine for fuel violations during Saturday's qualifying. The team's qualifying time was disallowed. Cram was penalized under Section 12-4-AA, "Use of altered fuel or fuel other than the official fuel at the event^Å" Cram's suspension will begin on Friday, Feb. 23rd at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina. Gary DeHart, crew chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet Monte Carlo received a $5,000 fine and placed on probation for the year for roof air deflector violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. DeHart was penalized under Section 12-4-Q: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform: roof air deflectors." DeHart also received an additional $1,000 fine for fuel cell violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. He was penalized under Section 12-4-U, "Any violation of fuel cell or fuel cell container specifications^Å"

Additional fines were levied against the following crew chiefs for rules violations prior to Saturday's qualifying for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway:

<pre> CREW CHIEF CAR NUMBER RULE VIOLATION FINE Joe Garone #96, Ford Taurus Thin control arm $2,500 Mike Ford #9, Dodge Intrepid Thin control arm $2,500 Robbie Loomis #24,Chevy Monte Carlo Unapproved fuel cell check valve $1,000 Unapproved air deflector $ 250 Royce McGee #31,Chevy Monte Carlo Unapproved underpan $1,000 Paul Andrews #1, Chevy Monte Carlo Fuel cell check valve violation $1,000 Oversized fuel cell container $ 250 Chris Carrier #33, Chevy Monte Carlo Oversized fuel cell containers(2) $ 500 Windshield template violation $ 250 Larry Carter #66, Ford Taurus Fuel cell check valve violation $ 250 Adjustable braces $ 250 Frankie Stoddard #99, Ford Taurus Oversized fuel cell container $ 250 Stan Hoover #80, Ford Taurus Fuel cell check valve violation $ 500 Tim Brewer #7, Ford Taurus Adjustable braces $ 250 Patrick Donahue #19, Dodge Intrepid Adjustable braces $ 250 Robin Pemberton #2, Ford Taurus Adjustable braces $ 250 Kevin Hamlin #3, Chevy Monte Carlo Oversized fuel cell container $ 250 Barry Dodson #27, Pont. Grand Prix Oversized fuel cell container $ 250 Lee McCall #40, Dodge Intrepid Adjustable braces $ 250

-NASCAR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tim Brewer , Kevin Hamlin , Robbie Loomis , Chris Carr