Rudd Sauter Crew Chiefs Fined

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Two days after his first victory as a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief, Texaco-Havoline Ford crew chief Michael McSwain was fined $250 by NASCAR for a rules violation incurred during his team’s second-place run in the June 10 Kmart 400 at Michigan Speedway.

This past Sunday, driver Ricky Rudd gave McSwain his first career Winston Cup victory as a crew chief at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono 500. Rudd finished second the previous week at Michigan to Jeff Gordon.

The rules violation, discovered in inspection prior to the race, surrounded a pinion retainer “that did not conform or had not been approved” by NASCAR.

NASCAR also handed down stiff penalties to the crew chief and owner of the No. 61 team in the Busch Series following a violation during last Saturday night’s inaugural Outback Steakhouse 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Crew chief Dave Fuge was fined $30,000 and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for the use of unapproved roll bars. Team owner Stephen Coulter was penalized 60 car-owner points for the infraction and as a result of the ruling, another 39 points was lost due to the car being relegated to a last-place finish.

Tim Sauter was also hit with a reduction of 60 points in the Busch Series driver standings.

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