Rules are there to keep every sport fair and competitive, regardless of your natural or financial background and in Motorsports run It is of great importance as a small lack of regulation can result in the big teams or drivers wiping out competition against small teams by gaining unfair advantages.
This week saw Roush Fenway Keselowski run The team is facing a Tier 2 penalty for unauthorized modification of a one-source supplied part, where the team was penalized 100 driver points and 100 owner points. Along with crew chief Matt McCall, he was fined $100,000 for a four-point suspension for NASCAR Cup Series racing.
But that’s not the massive penalty a team or driver has had to endure, either for modifications or outright cheating…. Let’s find out who are the drivers who faced the harshest penalties.
Richard Petty uses a king size engine and gets penalized
NASCAR didn’t even let the King go free after he broke the rules in 1983 for using an oversized engine. The team was also accused of deliberately swapping the right and left tires.
Richard Petti received a 104 point deduction and a hefty $35,000 fine. Richard Petty was lucky however as he still got the race win as the official set up some technical issues before disqualifying him.
Jeff Gordon in 1995
If you are a great driver, such as Jeff Gordon Finishing 33rd in the race doesn’t give you a free pass to just walk away from a lesson the legendary Jeff Gordan figured out himself at the 1995 Coca-Cola 600. NASCAR fined team principal Jeff Gordan for “use of suspension parts that did not meet NASCAR specifications.” Ray Evernham $60,000 was a record amount at the time.
Carl Long’s engine in 2009
Carl Lang was caught in practice for the 2009 All-Star Qualifier Sprint Showdown. His motor was oversized by 1/6 inch and was fined 12 weeks plus a $200,000 fine. He also faced one of the biggest point deductions of all time when he was deducted 200 points.
Jeremy Mayfield’s illegal fuel in 2000
In 2000 shortly after one Auto Club Speedway won, it was discovered last week in Talladega that Jeremy Mayfield was using an illegal fuel additive in his Penske-Kranefuss team car. It later turned out that the additive was an oxygenate.
Michael Kranefuss, the co-owner of the team Roger Penske, was fined $50,000, crew chief Peter Sospenzo was suspended for two months, and 151 points were also deducted.
Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007
One of the most notorious incidents in recent NASCAR history where the organization found out Michael Waltrip Racing used an illegal fuel additive during Daytona Speedweek, which the team denied when caught.
They had 100 points deducted and were fined $100,000, along with the suspension of Crew Chief David Hyder and Competition Director Bobby Kennedy.
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