Skinner's Yellow Freight victory stripped! By Shawn A. Akers HAMPTON, Ga. (March 14, 1999) MIKE SKINNER Mike Skinner's victory in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Yellow Freight 300 has been disallowed by NASCAR because of...
Skinner's Yellow Freight victory stripped! By Shawn A. Akers
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 14, 1999) MIKE SKINNER Mike Skinner's victory in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Yellow Freight 300 has been disallowed by NASCAR because of an unapproved cylinder head on Skinner's No. 19 Yellow Freight Chevrolet, therefore giving the win to No. 93 Amoco Pontiac driver Dave Blaney.
NASCAR Director of Operations Kevin Triplett made the announcement to the media Sunday morning in the infield media center at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Triplett said the infraction, which was regarding the shape of the cylinder head, was discovered during post-race inspection on Saturday afternoon.
Due to the infraction, Skinner will officially finish 43rd in the Yellow Freight 300. Each of the other 42 drivers will be moved up a spot.
The ruling has given Blaney, a second-year driver in the NASCAR Busch Series, his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory. It also takes away Skinner's first career NASCAR Busch Series win.
"Following post-race inspection, NASCAR has decided to move winner Mike Skinner to the 43rd position," Triplett said. "In our determination, we found an unapproved cylinder head. To our determination, it involved the intake port in the cylinder head. The modification that was made to it was unapproved."
Skinner's penalty resulted from a violation of Rule 20A-5:6 which states: All cylinder heads must be NASCAR-approved and all modifications must be submitted to NASCAR before any proposed modification will be eligible for approval."
The removal of a winner from one of NASCAR's highest levels is a rare occasion, Triplett said.
"This is the first time I remember it," Triplett said. "It's not an every day occasion, that's for sure."
The last time an overturning of this magnitude has happened was in 1994, when Dale Jarrett had a victory taken away from him in the NASCAR Busch Series for an illegal intake manifold.
NASCAR expects the Yellow Freight Chevrolet team to formally appeal the decision on Monday. If the ruling is upheld, Skinner's winner's paycheck will be reduced to the last-place paycheck."
"They obviously didn't agree us, and they have a right to appeal," Triplett said.
Source: NASCAR Online