NASCAR Penalizes Sauter, Stenhouse’s Crew Chief
The No. 13 ThorSport team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the No. 6 and 14 teams that compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series were penalized Tuesday as a result of rules violations committed this past weekend.
The No. 13 truck, which is driven by Johnny Sauter, was 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); and 20B-12.8.1D (truck failed to meet maximum right rear bed panel height) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, crew chief Joel Shear has been fined $5,000 while Sauter and owner Mike Curb have been penalized with the loss of six championship driver and owner points, respectively. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection Aug. 7 at Pocono Raceway.
Both the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing car (driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and No. 14 (driven by Eric McClure) NASCAR Nationwide Series cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1; 12-4-J; and 20A-10.7G (lug nuts were less than the minimum specified thickness) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, Michael Kelly, crew chief for the No. 6, and Gary Cogswell, crew chief for the No. 14, have each been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until Sept. 21. These violations were discovered during pre-qualifying inspection on Aug. 6 at Iowa Speedway.
Stenhouse won the race at Iowa Speedway Saturday night.No Comment