NASCAR brought the hammer down Tuesday on three teams for using windshields that didn’t conform to regulations at Talladega.
The windshields were found on during the opening inspections last Friday on the Toyota’s belonging to Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 47 Toyota driven by Bobby Labonte.
Crew chiefs Rodney Childers (No. 00), Frank Kerr (No. 47) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) have each been fined $50,000 and have been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 23.
Car chiefs Steve Channing (No. 00), Raymond Fox (No. 47) and Anthony Lunders (No. 56) have likewise been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 23. Additionally, Bobby Kennedy, director of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing, has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Car owners Rob Kauffman (No. 00), Tad Geschickter (No. 47), and Michael Waltrip (No. 56) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Drivers David Reutimann (No. 00), Bobby Labonte (No. 47), and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points.
Reutimann finished 13th last Sunday, Truex 10th and Labonte 35th after being taken out in an early race accident.
Shortly after NASCAR made their announcement, MWR issued a statement saying they will no appeal the punishments.
“Michael Waltrip Racing is ultra-sensitive and very serious about working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy,” the statement read. “We do not condone this type of activity and as such we will take appropriate internal corrective action immediately. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions; therefore, we will not appeal.”
The team also said they would make personnel moves that will take effect until NASCAR reinstates the suspended crew members:
No. 56 Team
– Veteran crew chief Pat Tryson will serve as interim crew chief in place of suspended crew chief Chad Johnston at Martinsville
– Allen Mincey, No. 56 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Tony Lunders
No. 00 Team
– Bobby Kennedy, executive vice president of race operations, will serve as interim crew chief in place of Rodney Childers
– Chris Hall, No. 00 race mechanic, will serve as interim car chief in place of suspended car chief Steve Channing
Both crew and car chiefs will return to their positions following their suspensions.
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