Today on "The Morning Drive" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, hosts Marty Snider and David Poole interviewed Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's Vice President of Competition about the rules violations found on the race cars of matt Kenseth and Kasey...
Today on "The Morning Drive" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / channel 128, hosts Marty Snider and David Poole interviewed Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's Vice President of Competition about the rules violations found on the race cars of matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne this weekend.
Host, David Poole: "The #17 and the #9 car. Tell us what you can tell us about the type of violations they were and what might or might not happen."
Robin Pemberton: "Well, you know the speedway restrictor plate race and how critical air is and where you move it to or not move it to so there were a couple of air ducts on the interior side of the car that should have been sealed off for qualifying and they were in the wheel tub area, the rear wheel tub and oil tank area. Those were not sealed. There were caps on the #17, their ducts and those caps came off during the qualifying run so it was breathing air into the interior of the car. And then the #9 car had it similar but it was duct taped and the duct tape that was used to seal it had been cut or made where it blew into the car."
Host, Marty Snider: "Is it something that could have been done accidentally, Robin?"
Pemberton: "Yeah, it could have been done accidentally and that's why we'll get together this morning and talk about it some more. But the result is what it is. We have to look at those things. We've had many penalties in the past that were along the same lines at the speedways how guys move air in and around the race car."
Snider: "Now, both cars made it through initial inspection, correct?"
Pemberton: "Uh huh. Definitely."
Snider: "And that was not noticed in initial inspection, right?"
Poole: "Because those caps and that tape were in place, right?"
On the possibility of penalties:
Host, David Poole: "Last year a guy got sent home because of the way his car was built to move air over the race car. Does that establish a precedent for this violation?"
Pemberton: "I think it is in the close family. If you did this at Martinsville, you wouldn't even know it. You wouldn't be looking at it. But when you go to different racetracks there are certain things that are more important than others. And certainly anything to do with air moving around a car at the restrictor plate races is a most important thing."
Poole: "You've got 61 cars down here. You sent someone home last year for violating and you said, 'We're not going to stand for this.' You've got 59 cars, ostensibly - or 58 if you take away the #55 car - that played by the rules. Why would you just not tell these three teams to load their cars up, send them home and let guys that have played by the rules make the race?"
Pemberton: "We get into this thing that explains it to some of the fans that are just tuning in and we're getting more of a casual fan base now. But at Daytona, with the qualifying times that set the field for the qualifying races, it is just a different set of circumstances. And all of our rules, how you make a qualifying attempt in the judgement of NASCAR, setting the field for the 150. You're not going to send these cars home today. At another venue you may because of the lack of opportunity to qualify again for the race. Now, look at our rules and look at how the points are structured nowadays, two of the three teams are locked into the race anyway, top 35 in points. And we also have to keep in mind that we will take the appropriate measures and penalties but we cannot take the opportunity away from the fans that come to watch these teams race because of one or two crew members or crew chiefs or something that violate early in the week. The 17 car will be racing with Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne will be in the field."
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