Earlier this week, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel considered the appeal of penalties and fines issued to the No. 02 Corrie Stott Racing/Viva Motorsports Chevy driven by Jamie Dick and the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevy driven by Robert Richardson Jr in the Nationwide Series for rules violations found at Kentucky Speedway.
The No. 02 car was found to be in violation of 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); and 20A-2.3A (improperly attached weight) of the NASCAR rule book. Crew chief and team owner Corrie Stott was fined $10,000 and placed on probation.
The No. 23 was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4-J and 20A-5.9F (unapproved intake manifold). Crew chief Walter Giles was fined $5,000 and put on probation.
In the case of the No. 02 car, CSR acknowledged that the weight was improperly attached to the car. They were appealing the severity of the fine. The panel upheld the original penalty, but reduced the fine from $10,000 to $5,000.
In the case of the No. 23, R3M acknowledged that the manifold was legal in 2010, but was not in 2011. They, too, were contesting the severity of the fine. After reviewing the case, the panel upheld the fines.
Both teams can appeal to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.