Jun 22 2007

24 and 48 Fail Race Inspection

Everyone has probably heard about it already, and I have nothing extra to add, I haven’t seen anything on TV about it yet, but Jeff Gordon’s 24 car and Jimmie Johnson’s 48 car both have failed race inspection at Sonoma. No press conference yet, that I know of, so no penalties have been set, but you have to figure AT LEAST the same or worse than Jr. got when the 8 car failed inspection in a COT race. At the time Nascar said the next penalty would be worse, so we will have to wait and see, but expect at least 100,000, 100 driver and owner points, and probably crew chief suspension’s. It is even possible they may have to sit out the race, but I kind of doubt that, as Kurt Busch didn’t get suspended when he endangered another teams crew members.

Nextel Cup point’s leader Jeff Gordon and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson were banned from on-track activities Friday, and their status for Sunday’s event at Infineon Raceway was in jeopardy after NASCAR discovered illegal front-end modifications in initial inspection.

“When we presented the cars for inspection today [NASCAR] found our fenders were outside their limits in between the templates,” said Doug Duchardt, Hendrick Motorsports’ vice president of development. “The cars fit the templates. We thought we could work on the points between the templates and it became clear to us [in inspection] that we could not.”

The team was found to have violated 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 20-3.1.3B (the NASCAR-approved upper and lower rear wing mounting brackets must not be modified to obtain a rear-wing angle of less than zero degrees or more than 16 degrees) of the NASCAR rule book.

Kurt Busch had the best quote in the article, saying, “You lose a little bit of practice time, but it’s only an hour and a half [on Friday]. It’s not much. It’s going to suck with those two cars [Gordon and Johnson] starting in the back because guys up front aren’t going to get any TV time.”

Jeff Gordon said that nothing could kill his good mood this weekend after the birth of his little girl Ella on Wednesday of this week. “Nothing’s going to ruin my day or my weekend — I’m on cloud nine,” Gordon said.

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