The Frontstretch: No Penalties Given For Roof Flap Violations by Thomas Bowles -- Wednesday July 10, 2013

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No Penalties Given For Roof Flap Violations

Thomas Bowles · Wednesday July 10, 2013


In a surprising move, NASCAR this afternoon announced there will be no penalties for any roof flap spacer violations found at Daytona. A total of 16 Sprint Cup and 15 Nationwide teams were called out by NASCAR inspectors; however, after careful deliberation the decision was made not to act on the rules and safety infringement.

“We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties involved,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition in a press release. “Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted. Moving forward, we will work with the roof flap manufacturer and the race teams to evaluate and optimize the associated installation hardware, review the process in its totality and communicate in a timely manner to the garage area any revisions that we determine need to be made.”

The decision also means Paul Wolfe, on probation for Brad Keselowski’s team, is not in violation of any rule. The crew chief will be available for this Sunday at New Hampshire and beyond.

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