NASCAR issues another fuel fine By Marty Smith DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 11, 2000) NASCAR will not tolerate altered fuel, Part II. For the second time in as many weeks, NASCAR officials announced today they have levied penalties for rules...
NASCAR issues another fuel fine
By Marty Smith
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 11, 2000) NASCAR will not tolerate altered fuel, Part II. For the second time in as many weeks, NASCAR officials announced today they have levied penalties for rules violations regarding illegal fuel.
This time, Bobby Hamilton, team owner for the No. 18 DANA Dodge NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has been fined $15,000, and crew chief Danny Gill has been suspended from NASCAR until June 7, 2000 for violations of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rule book: "The use of altered fuel or fuel other than the official fuel at the event" following post-qualifying inspection for the Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo.
In addition to the fine and suspension, Joe Ruttman, driver of the No. 18 truck, will suffer a loss of 25 driver points. A reduction of 25 owner points also has been levied on Hamilton.
Hamilton and Gill's penalties were deemed in violation of Section 8-8 in the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rule book: "If... any truck part, equipment or fuel used by a Competitor does not meet NASCAR specifications..." and Section 12-4-AA: "Use of altered fuel or fuel other than the official fuel at the Event..." and Section 12-4-A: "... action(s) deemed by NASCAR Officials as detrimental to stock truck/car racing or to NASCAR..."
Just last week NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield, his crew chief Peter Sospenzo and No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford owner Michael Kranefuss all were penalized by NASCAR officials for using illegal fuel in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeeway.
The penalties waged against the 12 team were much more severe, as Mayfield was stripped of 151 points in the season driver standings; Kranefuss was fined $50,000 and stripped of 151 points in the owners' standings; and Sospenzo was suspended until June 6, meaning he is disallowed from attending any NASCAR event as a competitor until that time.
In the wake of that penalty, Mayfield plummeted from seventh to 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship standings. Ruttman was more fortunate, dropping just one position.
Ruttman qualified third for the Ram Tough 200, but his time was disallowed so he required a provisional in order to start the race. He battled back to a fifth-place finish.