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News Recap for April 17, 2013

Busy Penalty Day in NASCAR

On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR RaceHub on SPEED, it was reported that they did not know the extent of the penalties that would be levied against Penske Racing after their rear-end housings were confiscated prior to the NRA 500. However, they did report that the penalties would be “severe.”

They were not wrong.

On Wednesday, NASCAR dropped the hammer on both of Penske Racing’s Fords. Both the No. 2 and No. 22 teams were docked 25 driver’s and 25 owners’ points each. In addition, both teams’ crew chiefs (Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon) have been fined $100,000 each. Finally, the crew chiefs, car chiefs (Jerry Kelley and Raymond Fox) and head engineers (Brian Wilson and Samuel Stanley), in addition to Travis Geisler, who serves as a team manager for both teams, have been suspended for six weeks. Finally, all seven team members will be placed on probation until the end of the year. For the sake of this penal action, NASCAR does not count the Sprint All-Star Race as a race since no points are awarded. As a result, the suspension is actually seven weeks.

In their release, NASCAR stated that both teams violated multiple sections of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. The sections cited were Section 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing), 12-4J (Determination by a NASCAR official that parts and/or equipment do not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20-12. Section 20-12 states, “All suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR. Prior to being used in competition, all suspension systems and components must be submitted, in a completed form/assembly, to the office of the NASCAR Competition Administrator for consideration of approval and approved by NASCAR. Each such part may thereafter be used until NASCAR determines that such part is no longer eligible. All suspension fasteners and mounting hardware must be made of solid magnetic steel. All front end and rear end suspension mounts with mounting hardware assembled must have single round mounting holes that are the correct size for the fastener being used. All front end and rear end suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension component beyond normal rotation or suspension travel.”

Penske Racing announced via their Facebook page that they will appeal the ruling using the appropriate process. As a result, the seven suspended crewmembers will be at the track this weekend in Kansas.

If the penalty is upheld after the appeal, Keselowski will drop from second, nine points behind Jimmie Johnson to fourth, 34 points back.

Truex Docked Points for Measurement Violation

At the same time that NASCAR dropped the hammer on Penske Racing, they also announced penalties against the No. 56 team. After Saturday night’s NRA 500, Martin Truex, Jr.‘s No. 56 measured too low in the front end in post-race inspection.

As a result, NASCAR has docked the No. 56 team six driver points and six owner points. Crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and will be placed on probation for the next six points races.

In their explanation, NASCAR cited that the team violated a couple of sections of the aforementioned rulebook. Those were Sections 12-1, 12-4J and 20-12.8.1B (Failing to meet the minimum height requirement during post-race inspection).

Following the announcement, Michael Waltrip Racing released a statement.

“Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions.”

Prior to the penalty, Truex was in a three-way tie for 16th in points with Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose, 37 points out of tenth. As a result of the penalty, Truex drops to 19th, 43 points out of tenth.

Hornaday Penalized for Intentional Contact with Darrell Wallace, Jr.

Also on Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties against Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday, Jr. However, unlike those penalties levied against Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex, Jr., this penalty came as a result of on-track behavior.

Late in Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Rock presented by Cheerwine, Hornaday appeared unhappy with the way that Wallace was racing him. After an unrelated caution flew late in the race, Hornaday intended to give Wallace a message. The result was that Wallace was turned into the Turn 3 wall and had to drop out of the race. At the time, Hornaday was sent to the end of the line for the green-white-checker restart. He would eventually finish 15th. After the race, Hornaday admitted that it was a stupid move.

That was not enough to satisfy NASCAR.

NASCAR dropped the hammer on Hornaday, fining him $25,000 and docking him 25 driver points. Hornaday was also placed on probation until June 12, which covers the next four races. In their explanation, NASCAR stated that Hornaday violated only Section 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book.

After Hornaday’s 15th-place finish on Sunday, he was fourth in points, 30 points behind Johnny Sauter. The penalty drops Hornaday back to 13th in the standings, 55 points behind.

NTS Motorsports announced on their Facebook page that they support NASCAR’s ruling and penalties. They also stated that they will not appeal Hornaday’s penalties.

Goodyear Hosts Tire Test in Daytona

On Wednesday, Goodyear wrapped up a two-day tire test at Daytona International Speedway. Drivers from all three manufacturers participated in single-car and multi-car runs in order to figure out the right tire package for July 6th’s Coke Zero 400.

The participating drivers were as follows:
No. 1- Jamie McMurray for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
No. 5- Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith for Hendrick Motorsports
No. 10- Danica Patrick for Stewart-Haas Racing
No. 33- Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 16- Greg Biffle for Roush Fenway Racing
No. 17- Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for Roush Fenway Racing
No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing
No. 99- Carl Edwards for Roush Fenway Racing

No. 18- Michael McDowell (in place of Kyle Busch) for Joe Gibbs Racing

No times were released from the two days’ worth of track time. Also, there were no wrecks during the session, a welcome change from the incidents that plagued the Preseason Thunder sessions back in January.

Entry List Update
Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night. However, they are subject to change right up until race time.

Sprint Cup Series STP 400: 45 cars entered

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 11- Brian Vickers for Joe Gibbs Racing
No. 12- Sam Hornish, Jr. for Penske Racing
No. 19- Mike Bliss for Humphrey-Smith Racing
No. 35- Josh Wise for Front Row Motorsports
No. 51- Regan Smith for Phoenix Racing
No. 81- Elliott Sadler for Joe Gibbs Racing
No. 87- Joe Nemechek for NEMCO Motorsports/JRR

Driver Changes:
No. 51- Regan Smith returns to the seat, replacing Austin Dillon.

Drivers who must qualify in the top-36 on speed:
No. 12- Sam Hornish, Jr. for Penske Racing
No. 81- Elliott Sadler for Joe Gibbs Racing

Drivers next in line to be bumped out of field:
No. 19- Mike Bliss for Humphrey-Smith Racing (44th in owners points)
No. 44- Scott Riggs for Xxxtreme Motorsports (45th in owners points)
No. 98- Michael McDowell for Phil Parsons Racing (42nd in owners points)

Not Entered:
No. 95- Scott Speed for Leavine Family Racing

Camping World Truck Series SFP 250: 37 trucks entered

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 6- Danny Efland for Eddie Sharp Racing
No. 19- Joey Logano for Brad Keselowski Racing
No. 51- Kyle Busch for Kyle Busch Motorsports

Driver Changes:
No. 07- Chris Cockrum returns to the seat, replacing Johnny Chapman.
No. 1- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing T.J. Bell.
No. 6- Danny Efland is in the seat, replacing Tyler Young.
No. 30- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Kyle Larson.
No. 51- Kyle Busch returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones.
No. 63- Justin Jennings returns to the seat, replacing Scott Stenzel.
No. 84- Chris Fontaine returns to the seat, replacing Mike Harmon.

Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 0- Scott Saunders for JJC Racing
No. 1- Unknown driver for Rick Ware Racing/MAKE Motorsports
No. 10- Jennifer Jo Cobb for JJC Racing
No. 14- Brennan Newberry for NTS Motorsports
No. 21- Spencer Gallagher for Gallagher Motorsports
No. 27- Jeff Agnew for Hillman Racing
No. 57- Norm Benning for Norm Benning Racing
No. 63- Justin Jennings for MB Motorsports
No. 68- Clay Greenfield for Clay Greenfield Motorsports
No. 84- Chris Fontaine for Chris Fontaine, Inc.
No. 93- Chris Jones for RSS Racing
No. 99- Bryan Silas for T3R2

Not Entered:
No. 28- Andy Seuss for FDNY Racing
No. 52- Tyler Reddick for Ken Schrader Racing
No. 75- Caleb Holman for Henderson Motorsports
No. 92- Clay Rogers for RBR Enterprises

Izod IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: cars entered

Driver Changes:
No. 17- Mike Conway is in the seat, replacing Wade Cunningham.

No. 1- Ryan Hunter-Reay for Andretti Autosport
No. 2- AJ Allmendinger for Team Penske
No. 3- Helio Castroneves for Team Penske
No. 4- JR Hildebrand for Panther Racing
No. 5- EJ Viso for Team Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
No. 6- Sebastian Saavedra for Dragon Racing
No. 7- Sebastien Bourdais for Dragon Racing
No. 9- Scott Dixon for Target Chip Ganassi Racing
No. 10- Dario Franchitti for Target Chip Ganassi Racing
No. 11- Tony Kanaan for KV Racing Technology
No. 12- Will Power for Team Penske
No. 14- Takuma Sato for A.J. Foyt Enterprises
No. 15- Graham Rahal for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
No. 16- James Jakes for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
No. 17- Mike Conway for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
No. 18- Ana Beatriz for Dale Coyne Racing
No. 19- Justin Wilson for Dale Coyne Racing
No. 20- Ed Carpenter for Ed Carpenter Racing
No. 22- Oriol Servia for Panther-DRR
No. 25- Marco Andretti for Andretti Autosport
No. 27- James Hinchcliffe for Andretti Autosport
No. 55- Tristan Vautier for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
No. 67- Josef Newgarden for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
No. 77- Simon Pagenaud for Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports
No. 78- Simona de Silvestro for KV Racing Technology
No. 83- Charlie Kimball for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
No. 98- Alex Tagliani for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian

Rolex Sports Car Series at Road Atlanta: 28 cars entered (13 DP, 12 GT, 3 GX)

Daytona Prototype Entries:
No. 01- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
No. 2- Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow for Starworks with Alex Popow
No. 3- Enzo Potolicchio and Stephane Sarrazin for 8Star Motorsports
No. 5- Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi for Action Express Racing
No. 6- Antonio Pizzonia and Gustavo Yacaman for Michael Shank Racing
No. 8- Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer for Starworks Motorsport
No. 9- Brian and Burt Frisselle for Action Express Racing
No. 10- Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor for Wayne Taylor Racing
No. 42- Dane Cameron and Wayne Nonnamaker for Team Sahlen
No. 43- Joe and Will Nonnamaker for Team Sahlen
No. 60- John Pew and Michael Valiante for Michael Shank Racing
No. 90- Ricky Taylor and Richard Westbrook for Spirit of Daytona Racing
No. 99- Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

Grand Touring Entries:
No. 18- Unknown drivers for Muehlner Motorsports America
No. 31- Eric Curran and Boris Said for Marsh Racing
No. 44- Andy Lally and John Potter for Magnus Racing
No. 57- John Edwards and Robin Liddell for Stevenson Motorsports
No. 59- Andrew Davis and Leh Keen for Brumos Racing
No. 61- Max Papis and Jeff Segal for R.Ferri/AIM Autosport
No. 63- Alessandro Balzan and Paul Westphal for Scuderia Corsa
No. 69- Emil Assentato and Anthony Lazzaro for AIM Autosport Team FXDD
No. 71- Jason Hart and John McCutchen for Park Place Motorsports
No. 73- Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey for Park Place Motorsports
No. 93- Michael Marsal and Gunter Schaldach for Turner Motorsport
No. 94- Paul Dalla Lana and Billy Johnson for Turner Motorsport

Grand Touring Experimental (GX) Entries:
No. 00- Andrew Carbonell and Joel Miller for Yellow Dragon Motorsports/SpeedSource
No. 38- Dr. Jim Norman and an unknown driver for BGB Motorsports
No. 70- Tom Long and Sylvain Tremblay for SpeedSource

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