No Penalty from NASCAR

October 1, 2009 by · 26 Comments
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No Penalty for Mark Martin or Jimmie Johnson

Crews for Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson had to make some fast changes before their race cars could depart Hendrick Motorsports for this weekend’s Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Race at Kansas Speedway.

During an Official NASCAR inspection the cars were not found to be illegal – but were very close.

The No. 5 car and the No. 48 car were found to be extremely close to the tolerances set in the NASCAR Rulebook after going through technical inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center this week.

NASCAR has not announced any penalties against either team – so their top 2 positions in the points Chase seem to be safe for now.

Hauler drivers were supposed to be on the road with the race cars – but instead were standing by to leave the shop.

NASCAR took several cars to the R&D Center following Sunday’s race at Dover, including the No. 48 and No. 5.

Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin – and their race teams — need to be extremely careful. It is difficult enough to win a Championship as it is. It would be impossible to win one after a 100 point penalty and the loss of their crew chiefs.

NASCAR has taken a hard line against cheating since rolling out the COT. Do you think it has been effective?

Cheating in NASCAR

October 23, 2008 by · 52 Comments
Filed under: NASCAR 


How To Stop Cheating in NASCAR

The only way to stop cheating in NASCAR is to start parking cars and drivers.

If you’re caught with an illegal part on your car the entire team goes home for a minimum of one race. That includes the driver, crew, car and transporter.

Back in the day a crew chief would tell you “It’s our job to cheat. It’s NASCAR’s job to catch us.”

Nobody is brave enough to say it today, but there is no doubt it is still going on. 4Ever3 said “it’s only cheating if you get caught.” But when you get caught today it’s a lot more than a slap on the wrist and a small fine.

Just ask Team Red Bull. NASCAR selected Brian Vickers’ No. 83 car at random to go to the NASCAR R&D center, pictured here, for a post-race inspection after Martinsville.

There it was discovered that the team’s fabricators had shaved the thickness of the sheet metal on the car, allowing weight to be positioned low and left on the car. Believe me that would have made a huge advantage at a flat short track like Martinsville.

Crew chief Kevin Hamlin and car chief Craig Smokstad have been sentenced to NASCAR’s version of the electric chair – indefinite suspension. Plus a $100,000 fine.

Only a reprieve from Governor Helton can save them now.

But the No. 83 team is just the one that got caught. How many more teams do you think were guilty of the same thing, but didn’t get called for a random inspection?

This incident is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty of cheating going on at every race.

It’s like driving down the interstate at 90 mph. For every person you see on the shoulder in front of the blue lights, there are 100 more cruising by unchecked.

Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip and Elliott Sadler are just some of the drivers who’s cars have been found with illegal equipment. Their teams have all been fined and their crew chief’s have been suspended.

If you park Dale Earnhardt, Jr. or Jimmie Johnson for using illegal parts then most cheating will stop. But I doubt this will eliminate 100% of it. The penalties would have to escalate for repeat violations.

After all, there are 43 teams on the track, and only one NASCAR.

Every one of those teams has dozens, if not hundreds of employees. Some of the best and brightest engineers, mechanics and techs who do nothing but specialize in things like tires, shocks, engines and aerodynamics.

Who do you think has the advantage when it’s 43 to 1?

There are ways to cheat in NASCAR that you and I have never thought of. But you can bet there is someone who is doing nothing but thinking of it day and night trying to come up with a creative way to make more speed.

What do you think is going on that we have never thought of?

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