Hall Of Fame Racing Appeal Denied

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On March 7, 2006, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the Appeal of Hall of Fame Racing. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR following post-qualifying inspection on Feb. 12, 2006 for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing” and Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules: unapproved carburetor modification.”

The penalties assessed were:

  • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner William Saunders.

  • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Driver Points for driver Terry Labonte.

  • $25,000.00 fine for crew chief Philippe Lopez.

    The Appellants acknowledged that the carburetor modifications violated the rules, but contended that the part was supplied by a third-party engine builder and that the infraction was unintentional. They also appealed the severity of the points penalties, sighting other historical carburetor penalties and noting that at least one other post-qualifying penalty issued by NASCAR at the same event in 2006 did not include points deductions.

    The Commission found the Appeal compelling and plausible. However, responsibility for presenting a car that conforms to the rules ultimately lies with the race team, not with third-party vendors. Furthermore, the penalties assessed are consistent with recent penalties for similar infractions involving carburetor modifications.

    Therefore it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.
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