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NASCAR Penalizes Busch, JGR Reponds

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, September 22 2009

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NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 18 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of a rule infraction found last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 18, which is driven by Kyle Busch, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8 1B (the height of the car at the left front fender did not meet the required specification; too low in post-race inspection) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book.

Crew chief Steve Addington has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Busch and car owner Joe Gibbs have been penalized 25 championship driver and 25 championship owner points, respectively.

Joe Gibbs Racing issued a statement on the penalty. It read:

“The situation was caused when the left front spring became dislodged. This resulted in the left front corner of the car to be lower and resulted in a change to the car’s handling which had to be compensated for during the race. Consequently, the car measured low during post-race inspection.”

The statement also said the JGR accepts the penalty.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, September 22 2009
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