Parks Crew Chief Penalized

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NASCAR officials may be slow at times, but they can certainly lay claim to being thorough.

Nearly two weeks after the Aug. 25 goracing.com 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR has fined Paul Andrews, crew chief for Steve Park’s No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet, $7,000 for improperly attached weight on Park’s car during the NASCAR Winston Cup event. The announcement of the sanction against Andrews was made Wednesday afternoon.

The violation was discovered in preliminary inspections on the day before the 500-mile race, but the penalty was not handed down until Wednesday.

Andrews was found to be in violation of NASCAR rule 12-4-W, which covers added weight that is improperly attached to a race car.

Andrews was also found to have violated rule 12-4-A for "actions deemed detrimental to stock car racing."

Park, who earned his first career Winston Cup victory last month at Watkins Glen, finished fifth in the goracing.com 500 and, despite the penalty, kept his 155 Winston Cup points earned. He is currently 13th in the Winston Cup point standings.

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