NASCAR announced on Wednesday (Nov. 27) it has fined team owners Rick Ware (owner of Rick Ware Racing), Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports) and TJ Puchyr (Spire Motorsports) $50,000 each for manipulating the end of the Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Following a thorough review of race data and driver/team communication from the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as interviews with several competitors, NASCAR has determined that the Nos. 15, 27, 52 and 77 teams have violated Sections 12.8.g and 12.8.1 of the NASCAR rule book, which addresses manipulating the outcome of a race,” Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said in a statement. “As a result, those teams in violation of the rule book have been penalized as listed in the penalty report.”
Along with the $50,000 fine, each of the four cars were docked 50 points in the team owner standings for altering the finish of the race.
Both Scott Eggleston, competition director for Premium Motorsports, and Kenneth Evans, competition director for RWR, were fined $25,000.
With the penalty, Premium’s No. 27 car loses out on being the highest finishing non-chartered car in the owner standings.