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Edwards Team Loses Point Lead & $100k for Vegas Infraction Posted March 6, 2008
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 5, 2008) – NASCAR has issued penalties and fines to the No. 99 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions found last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The No. 99 car driven by Carl Edwards was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-2.1J (any device or duct work that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another, or to the outside of the car, will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of the car to the trunk area, or the floors, firewalls, crush panels and wheel wells passing air into or out of the car) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violations were found during post-race inspection at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2.
As a result, Edwards and car owner Jack Roush have been penalized 100 championship driver and 100 championship owner points, respectively. In the event the 99 team qualifies for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the team will not receive the 10 bonus points for the UAW-Dodge 400 victory used for determining the Chase seeding order. Crew chief Bob Osborne has been fined $100,000, suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, suspended from NASCAR until April 30 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
The point penalty moves Edwards from first to seventh in the driver point standings; the post-penalty standings appear in the Chase chart to the right...
ROUSH FENWAY RACING STATEMENT ON NO. 99 PENALTY
Concord, NC (March 5, 2008) – Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff
Smith’s statement on the penalty given to the No. 99 team following
Sunday’s Las Vegas race.
“The bolt holding the lid in place failed in its purpose as a result of
vibration harmonics generated by the car and the race track during the
race. The bolt was secure enough to survive 225 miles of practice,
perhaps up to 399 of 400 miles of the race and the scrutiny of numerous
inspections. It’s a tough business for any race team to have to pledge
$100,000, 100 points and a six race crew chief suspension as an
indemnity payment to NASCAR against a promise forced from us by NASCAR
that no bolt will ever fail its purpose under race conditions. We are
currently evaluating whether or not the circumstances justify submitting
to the unpleasantness of the appeal process, but from a competitive
standpoint, we believe it is in our best interest to have Bob Osborne
begin serving the penalty now. Chris Andrews, our chief engineer, will
be at the track on Friday and Saturday to lead the No. 99 team and
general manager Robbie Reiser will join Chris on the pit box Sunday
during the race. We are confident that we have the depth of talent in
our organization and the strength in Carl Edwards and the No. 99 team
to overcome this penalty, should that end up being the final outcome of
this unhappy episode.”