After trying to avoid writing about NASCAR’s “secret” fines all week, I caved. Here are some answers to the frequently asked questions I’ve been asked about the fines.
Steve Letarte, crew chief of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 Sprint Cup team and driver Jeff Gordon, has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain in that position. Rumor has it that the deal is for four years, running through 2014.
Sources told ESPN that the two drivers who were fined for making disparaging remarks about NASCAR were Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that NASCAR secretly fined two drivers for making negative comments about the sport; prompting backlash from media and fans about the decision not to name the [...]
Dover Motorsports Inc, owner of Gateway International Raceway, has informed NASCAR that it would not seek any 2011 races for the 1.25-mile track. Gateway currently has two Nationwide Series races on the schedule and one Camping World Truck Series race. This year’s remaining Nationwide race is not affected by this news. Dover Motorsports owns two [...]
JTG Daughtery Racing announced that Bobby Labonte will drive the team’s No. 47 Sprint Cup Toyota next season, replacing the departing Marcos Ambrose.
Jeff Dickerson, former spotter for Kyle Busch, will replace Shannon McGlamery as spotter for Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 team and driver Jeff Gordon.
Jack Roush was injured when a plane he was flying crashed hard on landing, cracking the fuselage. Roush and his passenger walked away from the crash with non-life threatening injuries.
NASCAR issued penalties to JR Motorsports’ No. 88 Nationwide Series team for infractions found at O’Reilly Raceway Park. The team violated 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-12.3T (unapproved left front shock [...]
NASCAR announced that it has penalized Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for Red Bull Racing’s No. 83 Toyota, for infractions that occurred at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Elledge was fined $25,000 for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-2.3A [...]
In retrospect, letting Jamie McMurray go was a mistake for Jack Roush. But, given the circumstances at the time, Roush shouldn’t be kicking himself over it.