Rudds Crew Chief Penalized

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NASCAR officials used the long arm of its law to fine Ricky Rudd’s crew chief $10,000 for constructing trailing arms for the No. 28 Ford that were lighter than the sanctioning body mandates.

The components Michael McSwain modified were discovered during preliminary inspections before the start of Sunday’s Global Crossing @ The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

According to the NASCAR Winston Cup rule book, “If an I-Beam style trailing arm is used, it must be constructed using two C-channels of a minimum one-inch in width by three inches in height magnetic steel with a minimum wall thickness of one-eighth inch … welded back-to-back, creating a vertical wall of 2-and-one-eights wall thickness."

McSwain was penalized through Section 12-4-0 of the rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR officials that parts and/or equipment used in the events do not conform ... or have not been approved by NASCAR."

Rudd finished the race in 11th place and picked up 135 points in the chase for the Winston Cup title.

The Winston Cup regulars will return to action Sunday at Michigan Speedway for the Pepsi 400 presented by Meijer.

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