NASCAR has penalized the Braun Racing’s Nos. 10 and 38 for infractions at the Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. NASCAR said earlier that there was an unapproved transfer of tires during the race. That unapproved transfer appears to have been between Braun Racing’s Nos. 10 and 38.
The teams were found to be in violation of 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); 20A-10.8.2E (teams will not be permitted to use tires or wheels from another team unless approved by the series director) and 20A-10.8.2L (identification numbers have been changed on previously approved tires) of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rule Book.
Crew chiefs Stuart Cooper (No. 10) and Trip Bruce (No. 38) were suspended for the next two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, suspended from NASCAR until June 23rd, and placed on probation for the rest of the year. Tire specialists Sean Whisenhunt (No. 10) and Kevin Bellicourt (No. 38) received the same penalty.
Malsam and Leffler were each penalized with the loss of 25 Nationwide Series driver’s points. Car owners Todd Braun (No. 10) and Ralph Braun(No. 38) also lost 25 Nationwide Series owner’s points.
In a press release, Todd Braun said:
Though we feel the penalties levied against Braun Racing for infractions at Nashville Superspeedway against the #38 and #10 teams are harsh under the circumstances, we understand NASCAR’s need to be consistent in making sure teams adhere to the rule book in order to promote a level playing field. This situation is the result of miscommunication between team personnel and we will need to further evaluate the circumstances and work to improve our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.