RCR Denies Accusations

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Richard Childress Racing and NASCAR have refuted a SPEED TV report claiming teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton were found to have modified wheel rims after Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

SPEED reporter Bob Dillner said on Sunday night that "the team apparently manipulated that rim to act as a bleeder valve to release air pressure from that rim. In English, it was performance advantage for the RCR team."

NASCAR did not make any announcements following Sunday's race that any car failed post race inspection.

Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of communications, said "Those cars were completely legal, there was nothing wrong with either of them and the report stating otherwise is sheer fantasy and sensationalism journalism."

Team owner Richard Childress released a statement late Monday.

"Our cars passed post-race inspection and officials at NASCAR assured us last night and again today that no one from RCR was told at any time not to bring a part back to the race track. The reported events and conversations did not happen."

Dillner is one of the most respected reporters in NASCAR, making the story a bit more puzzling.

SPEED issued its own statement Monday as well.

"SPEED reporter Bob Dillner has a strong record of solid reporting from the NASCAR garage; so there is no rational reason for us to consider that the events and conversations he related to SPEED viewers are anything other than the truth," said Chris Long, SPEED Executive Producer.

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