Daytona: Series announces penalties

Three NASCAR Nationwide Series Teams Fined, Penalized For Rule Violations At Daytona International Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2009) -- NASCAR announced today that three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have been fined and penalized due...

Three NASCAR Nationwide Series Teams Fined, Penalized For Rule Violations At Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2009) -- NASCAR announced today that three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have been fined and penalized due to rule violations discovered during last week's event at Daytona International Speedway.

Blake Bainbridge, crew chief of the No. 09 Ford driven by John Wes Townley, has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 30, 2009 for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-18A (Once constructed and installed, the roll cage must be acceptable to NASCAR officials. Main roll bar (#1) was not round; was altered for clearance) of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book.

Jay Robinson was penalized with the loss of 100 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship owner points while Townley was docked 100 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points.

Those infractions were discovered on Feb. 10 during opening-day inspection.

George Bartlett, crew chief of the No. 84 Chevrolet driven by Mike Harmon, has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 30, 2009 due to rule violations discovered during opening-day inspection and post-race inspection on Feb. 14, respectively.

Bartlett was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1, 12-4-I and 20A-2.3A (Weight containers welded to the outside of the main frame rails must not contain added weight in any form; added weight to the outside frame rail) and 20A-13E (Invalid SFI label).

Team owner/driver Harmon was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship owner points and 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points for each infraction, totaling 50 points in each category.

Additionally Michael Hobson, crew chief for the No. 0 Chevrolet driven by Danny O'Quinn Jr., was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 30, 2009 for violation of 12-1, 12-4-I and 20A-12.1A(8) (Combined spring rate was less than specified. The left front spring rate was less than specified).

Johnny Davis was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship owner points and O'Quinn forfeited 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver points due to the violations, which also were found during post-race inspection.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike Harmon , Michael Ho , Danny O'Quinn , John Wes Townley