Posts tagged: Daytona

Feb 15 2007

24 Car Fails Post Race Inspection

Boy, I posted a couple hours ago wondering who would fail the post race inspection at Daytona, but I was talking about the 500, not one of the 150′s. Looks like the 24 car was almost an inch too low because of a misaligned bolt on the shock fastener, according to Nascar officials.

Jeff Gordon’s winning racecar in Thursday’s Gatorade Duels 150 qualifying race failed post-race inspection, dropping him from fourth to 42nd on the starting grid for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Gordon’s car was deemed “close to an inch” too low, according to NASCAR officials, due to the fact that a bolt on the shock fastener was misaligned.

“We’re sure this wasn’t intentional,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition.

No fines or point deductions will be assessed to the No. 24 team, according to Pemberton.

Despite the infraction, Gordon still goes into the record books as the qualifying race winner. Source: Gordon’s winning car fails Duels inspection

Well, the starting position is not critical, unless a wreck, like the usual big one on the speedways, happens and collects the cars in the back. Hopefully, Gordon will be able to avoid the crashes and work his way to the front before the big one happens.

Feb 15 2007

Gatorade Duel #2 Results

Here are the results of the second Gatorade duel race today, with this years eventual Champion, Jeff Gordon winning on the last lap. I didn’t get to see it, but my uncle said he guessed the guys who helped push him must’ve figured oh well, second and third is better than where I am, and jumped on the Gordon train. Woo wooo!

1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 2 Kurt Busch
3 40 David Stremme
4 5 Kyle Busch
5 17 Matt Kenseth
6 18 J.J. Yeley
7 99 Carl Edwards
8 12 Ryan Newman
9 13 Joe Nemechek
10 96 Tony Raines
11 109 Mike Wallace
12 14 Sterling Marlin
13 26 Jamie McMurray
14 01 Mark Martin
15 15 Paul Menard
16 9 Kasey Kahne
17 34 Kevin Lepage
18 74 Derrike Cope
19 139 Regan Smith
20 171 Frank Kimmel
21 19 Elliott Sadler
22 88 Ricky Rudd
23 104 Eric McClure
24 27 Kirk Shelmerdine
25 10 Scott Riggs
26 83 Brian Vickers
27 23 Mike Skinner
28 00 David Reutimann
29 29 Kevin Harvick
30 42 Juan Montoya

Feb 15 2007

The Other Penalties at Daytona

I just realized I did not post anything about the other penalties that Nascar has handed out this week at Daytona, so this is just a quick post for that. In all four crew chiefs were suspended, 5 counting Waltrip’s, fines of $150,000, $250,000 counting Waltrip’s, and 150 driver and car owner points, 250 counting Waltrip’s. This has to be the biggest week of fines and penalties Nascar has ever had.

Evernham Motorsports took the biggest hit as its lead car, the No. 9 Dodge of driver Kasey Kahne, lost its team director, Kenny Francis, for four races beginning with Sunday’s Daytona 500; Kahne was docked 50 driver points and owner Ray Evernham 50 owner points.

Kahne’s teammates, Elliott Sadler (No. 19) and Scott Riggs (No. 10) lost their team directors, Josh Browne and Rodney Childers, respectively, for two races apiece; Sadler and Riggs will lose 25 driver points each, and owners Evernham (19) and James Rocco (10) will be docked 25 owner points following the Daytona 500.

Roush Racing’s No. 17 Ford team for driver Matt Kenseth was hit with an equivalent penalty as Kahne’s — with both infractions involving “air improperly ducted into the car,” according to NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.

Kenseth’s crew chief Robbie Reiser will serve a four-race suspension and he was assessed a $50,000 fine. Kenseth will lose 50 driver points and owner Jack Roush 50 owner points. source: Reiser, Francis hit with four-race suspensions

Certainly is exciting down in Daytona this week, I wonder who will be fined for post race inspections at Daytona next week?

Feb 15 2007

Gatorade Duel #1 Results

Here is how they finished in the first of the Daytona Gatorade duels today:

1 20 Tony Stewart
2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 31 Jeff Burton
4 38 David Gilliland
5 11 Denny Hamlin
6 1 Martin Truex Jr.
7 07 Clint Bowyer
8 25 Casey Mears
9 55 Michael Waltrip
10 21 Ken Schrader
11 160 Boris Said
12 70 Johnny Sauter
13 48 Jimmie Johnson
14 49 Mike Bliss
15 16 Greg Biffle
16 36 Jeremy Mayfield
17 78 Kenny Wallace
18 44 Dale Jarrett
19 130 Stanton Barrett
20 37 Bill Elliott
21 158 James Hylton
22 172 Brandon Whitt
23 43 Bobby Labonte
24 45 Kyle Petty
25 66 Jeff Green
26 4 Ward Burton
27 41 Reed Sorenson
28 6 David Ragan
29 84 A.J. Allmendinger
30 22 Dave Blaney
31 7 Robby Gordon

Feb 14 2007

Nascar Death Penalty?

Wow, those are some serious penalties, 100 driver and 100 car owner points! Who has that many to spare nowadays? Nascar also confiscated their primary car, suspended the crew chief and their VP of competition, which sounds like a job I would be great at, indefinitely, and fined the crew chief 100,000 dollars, and have dis-allowed his qualifying run.

Okay, death penalty is a little dramatic, but it makes for a good title, but, for someone running where [tag]Michael Waltrip[/tag] has been, it may have been a good attempt at gaining some points, as his his average finish last year was 30.8, the highest it has ever been, and he finished 37th, 4125 points behind in the points total, what did they have to lose? This penalty was less severe on Waltrip than it was on Jeremy Mayfield in May of 2000.

What did they find? It’s some kind of oxygenant, that was a blatant attempt to get more horsepower, one article, from the AP, said it was a property contained in jet fuel,

NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip’s intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a property contained in jet fuel. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details.

Adding the substance, described by NASCAR as an oxygenate, would boost the octane in the fuel, thus making the engine run better at higher horsepower. It was believed by NASCAR that the substance worked its way through the fuel system. Source: Waltrip’s Crew Chief, Director Suspended

Michael had the following statement,

“This is not the action of an organization, a manufacturer or a sponsor,” Waltrip said in a statement. “This was an independent act done without consent or authorization from me or any of my executive management team.”

Well, of course no one officially said to do this to cheat, but you know every team there is trying something on the edge, what you would call a grey area not specifically covered by the written rules. They just got caught. I said there would be penalties, and probably before the Daytona 500, in my Nascar Predictions post.

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