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This Just In

Penalties Announced
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By NASCAR | 11/04/2014
Category: This Just In
 

NASCAR Penalizes Crew Members And Crew Chiefs

From The No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teams

 

DAYTONA BEACHFla. (Nov. 4, 2014) — NASCAR has assessed penalties to crew members from the No. 5 and No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams for their involvement in post-race incidents on Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, the crew chiefs from those two teams also have been penalized.

 

Jeremy Fuller, a crew member with the No. 5 team, along with Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle, crew members with the No. 24 team, each have been fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. All three were found to be in violation of:

 

·         Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

·         Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty – involved in a post-race physical altercation with a driver on pit road

 

Dean Mozingo, a crew member with the No. 24 team, has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. He was found to be in violation of:

 

·         Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

·         Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty – involved in a post-race physical altercation with another crew member on pit road

 

Kenny Francis, crew chief of the No. 5 team, and Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 team, have each been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the completion of the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship points races. They were found to be in violation of:

 

·         Section 9-4A: Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members

·         Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing

·         Section 12-4.9: Behavioral penalty

 

“While the intensity and emotions are high as we continue through the final rounds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the actions that we saw from several crew members Sunday following the race at Texas are unacceptable,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president, competition and racing development. “We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others.”

“We therefore have penalized four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book,” Pemberton continued. “A NASCAR championship is at stake, but we can’t allow behavior that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it puts others in harm’s way.”

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KBTOYS
11/05/2014 2:23 am (1)
Thanks for posting.

While I never expected Brad or Jeff to be fined, I am very shocked and dismayed that Harvick was not. He stuck his snout into a situation that had nothing to do with him at all, and then proceeded with intent to light the match that started the fire.

I don't give a darn about "The Chase" and Harvick in it, what message is that sending.. 'It's alright here son, here is a bonus no fine.. we were the first in all sports news last few days'.. seems Brian told him. Sad, that this stupidity is what Nascar covets at this point and rewards. I am sure poor Jimmie is still sleeping in the car waiting for the TV crew to come and celebrate his victory.

And Hamlin yapping away to any media that would listen. Poor soul didn't know how dumb he sounded as he is one of the biggest problem child in Nascar. He sounded like a middle school girl complaining about a fellow cheerleader, trying her best to make the other sound horrible, while they were guilty of much, much more. I mean really is this what Nascar the sport has come down to? Marty Smith the wannabe Nascar driver and buddy to the stars, making sure you knew today that all the drivers were mad at Kez, sounded like he was working on "The View". Yes Marty let us listen to the biggest offenders in the business today complain about somebody else...what the heck is happening to this sport.
FlounderFerg
11/05/2014 6:08 am (2)
Well, I reckon I am confused (nothing new for me!). Why were the folks with the #5 fined? I have already deleted the race from my DVR, so can't go back and see The Brawl again in slo mo. Can someone educate me, was the #5 crew in the middle of the fray?

Also, I disagree with Nascar for NOT fining Harvick for pushing Brad into the fight. I figure $25k would have been appropriate. If Harvick did not push Brad, I think The Brawl most likely never would have happened.
Bill B
11/05/2014 6:48 am (3)
I wonder what a chase contender would need to do to get a points penalty once the chase starts?
grumpyone
11/05/2014 7:20 am (4)
“A NASCAR reality championship is at stake." Sorry Robin, I just had to fix it for you. The real championship died when the "chase" started. With the advent of the chase, the meaning of a full season's body of work no longer has a thing to do with being a champion. When luck is the over riding factor to winning a championship and not the full body of work, why even bother to race? Makes absolutely no difference what happened the first 25 races, now its only three at a time. I for one sincerely hope that Ryan Newman or Matt Kenseth wins the championship on points and finishes outside the top 10. How fitting for a "Reality Champion" that Brian France so strongly supports and all of his minions are in the boat with him as well as the MSM. One can only hope that a non chaser wins this weekend too. That would be precious.
grumpyone
11/05/2014 7:27 am (5)
Oh, by the way, Hamlin, Gordon and Harvick are just little school girls that are mad and whine cause BK is a better and harder racer. They are satisfied millionaires and they simply don't want anyone to rock their precious little boat. Add that to the suck up pit road reporters that will take any quote that they can get that means absolutely nothing from an "abused" star that felt that they were "roughed up" by BK who was racing hard to win and you get the reality championship that Brian France so badly wants and this championship will mean absolutely nothing.
Bill B
11/05/2014 9:15 am (6)
Ummm, BK has also won a championship so I am sure his is a "satisfied millionaire" too. Although the word satisfied is hard to quantify.

There is also a chance that he's just a self-centered punk.
giluvracing
11/05/2014 9:50 am (7)
I think I get the precedent that NASCAR is trying to set here. They seem to be OK with the one-on-one confrontations, which is what Gordon v. Keselowski started out as. But, when the crew members got involved, NASCAR stepped in with its fines and so on.

The NHL, as we know, condones on-ice fights, as a part of the game. They give "major penalties" of five minutes to the combatants, and then everyone goes about their business. What they discourage, however, are the huge brawls that can hold up the game for a half-hour or more, while the officials get everything broken up and penalties sorted out. So, they came up with a "third man in" rule, which says that if two players throw down, and a third (or more) player comes in to help, that extra player or players gets a game misconduct, and probably other sanctions, too. This helps the players work out their aggressions, while keeping the game moving as best as they can.

So, that's what NASCAR did. The drivers can push, shove, grab, all they want. But, when the team members get involved, that's where NASCAR's drawing the line. Well, this time, at least. And, in a way, it makes sense. The last thing we need is for teams to hire some bruiser or other as "backup tire changer" or some such, having him available for a beat-down when the situation warrants it. That approach is only going to get someone hurt. So, says NASCAR, let the drivers handle it amongst themselves, and let the crews stay out.

Well, this time....
ironhead21
11/05/2014 12:50 pm (8)
As far as Sunday's race Brad did nothing wrong.It was his only shot to get locked into Homestead look at the tape as Dale Sr.would say.Gordon was an idiot for taking the outside he saw Brad coming and closed up the hole and it did not work he should be mad at himself.Besides the chase STINKS.I hope Newman wins without winning a race see what that does to fill the stands and tv ratings BRIAN "AIRHEAD"FRANCE
Bill B
11/05/2014 5:24 pm (9)
Cheers to HMS giving NASCAR the finger by announcing that the company will pay all fines.
Sleepwalker
11/07/2014 12:23 pm (10)
I can't be the only one who actually likes the new Chase format, can I? I really like the "playoff" format.
Greg in Dallas
11/07/2014 2:14 pm (11)
@Sleepwalker,

You're probably not the "only one," but I'd say you're definitely in a minority among race fans - especially long-time fans.
Mr. O
11/07/2014 5:34 pm (12)
I like the new Chase format for what it is.

But I don't like what it is.

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