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Published on April 28th, 2010 | by Michael J Smith

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Three N’Wide Teams Penalized For Infractions

NASCAR has issued fines penalties to three Nationwide Series teams for infractions at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 22 driven by race winner Brad Keselowski, the No. 75 driven by Bobby Gerhart, and the No. 05 driven by Willie Allen each received fines and penalties.

Paul Wolfe, crew cheif of the No. 22, was fined $20,000 for two infractions. He received a $10,000 fine for violaing of violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.1A(8) (unapproved left front spring). He received an additional $10,000 fine for violating Sections 12-1, 12-4-J and 20A-12.3T (unapproved right front shock absorber).

Car owner Jodi Geschickter lost a total of 50 championship owner’s points for the two violations. Additionally, driver Keselowski was penalized a total of 50 points for the two infractions. The infractions on the No. 22 were found in post-race inspection.

The points deduction reduced Keselowski’s points lead from 60 to 10 over Kevin Harvick.

Bob Schacht, crew cheif of the No. 75, was fined a total of $7,500. He received a $5,000-fine for violating Sections 12-1, 12-4-J and 20A-12-E (reinforcement extended forward of the coil spring mounting pad). He received an additional $2,500 for violating of 12-1, 12-4-J and 20A-12 (use of hollow bolts in truck trailing arms and panhard bar). The team received no points penalty. The infractions were found during opening-day inspection.

Newt Moore, crew chief of the No. 05, which failed to make the race, received a $2,500-fine for violating  12-1, 12-4-J and 20A-12.1B(8) (non-magnetic steel rear jacking bolts). These infractions were also discovered in opening-day inspection.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



2 Responses to Three N’Wide Teams Penalized For Infractions

  1. missouriracefan says:

    I think everyone involved should be drawn, quartered and head put on a pike. Wait, that type of punishment is reserved for Johnson and Knaus. Why no outrage over this batch of cheating?

  2. Michael J Smith says:

    I think fans are outraged by Johnson and Knaus because they have dominated the sport for so long that people are looking for reasons to hate them. I may be wrong, but I think that Knaus always looks for an advantage. Most of the time, he flirts with breaking the rules, and occasionally he goes a little too far and gets caught. Does that mean he cheated? No, not really. It’s his job to try to get the most out of the car. I don’t have a problem with that.

    Again, I could be wrong, but I don’t think Knaus has been caught intentionally trying to deceive the inspectors, like the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing did last year or two years ago — can’t remember the time exactly. I think they did something like put lead under the gas pedal so the accelerator wouldn’t go all the way to the floor for the dynotesting. That is what I have a problem with. Also, a team put lead in a water bottle in the car for the inspection so they could get a weight advantage for the race a year or two ago. Those types of things I have a problem with.

    As far as I can remember, Knaus hasn’t been caught doing something like that. Of course, if anyone knows of a time he was, reply and let me know.

    Thanks for reading.

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