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31 team penalized

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2015) -- The No. 31 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for rules infractions discovered as a result of NASCAR’s post-event tire audit conducted following the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway.These infractions amount to a P5 level penalty and violate the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

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12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
20.16: Wheels and tires
A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.

20.16.2: Tires
F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.

Section 12.5.3.5.1 lists P5 Penalty Violation examples that could include but are not limited to:
A. Effecting, modifying and/or altering the standard tires in any way, other than through authorized means such as tire pressure adjustments within the recommended range, permitted tire cooling when mounted on the race vehicle; or heat-cycling on the race vehicle on the race track earlier in the event.

12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):
A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons

12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or no
B. Loss of an additional $50,000

As a result of these violations, crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined a total of $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000), suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

James Bender, team tire technician, and Philip Surgen, team engineer, have been suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

Driver Ryan Newman and car owner Richard Childress each have been penalized with the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver and championship car owner points.

"NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance," said Steve O'Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. "We've been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated."
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Post Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:46 pm

Re: 31 team penalized

Thought there would be more cheaters then just the 31.
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Post Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:00 pm

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Does this mean Danica Patrick is 15th in points now? Woah. :shock:
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Post Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:01 pm

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:shock: :shock: :shock: What the heck ya doin' Bender???? (Yes, I know him from the Kodak #4 days)
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Post Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:19 pm

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i just wonder how other drivers will react, especially gordon and hamlin, since they acted so holier than thou in the presser,
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Post Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:39 pm

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My guess is that they won't say a word...for fear of it being used against them should THEIR team be found guilty of something later in the season!
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Post Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:39 am

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Heard Dave Moody on the radio before going into the grocery store saying there was a big penalty coming for a "team that has run well this year." Firs thought from my mom and me was Kevin or Martin (kind of happy it was neither of them). Forgot Ryan had been running so well too. By the time we went in and I checked Twitter on my phone to see what the buzz was, the news at broken.

My reaction - Uh oh. :shock:
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Post Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:41 am

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Just because they were caught doesn't mean the driver knew what they were doing. Even if he did he could have voiced his displeasure about it, but still had to drive because of his contract. I believe Ryan to be an honest man, probably one of the most honest on the track. I hope he can come back to make the chase and contend for the championship.
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Post Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:26 am

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Wow, ......if RCR and Ryan knew nothing of this....and it was all Luke Lamberts idea, then he should be fired....he just destroyed his drivers season! Risk vs reward....not worth it. Ryan is an engineer, very smart.....but why :roll: did they continue to do do this when they had been warned....makes absolutely no sense.

RCR has more problems than tires, they had 2 engines catch on fire last weekend too.......Not good!
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he is only 40 plus points out of 16th, his season is not destroyed, if that is the case then Tony's season has been destroyed since day one
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Annalee wrote:Wow, ......if RCR and Ryan knew nothing of this....and it was all Luke Lamberts idea, then he should be fired....he just destroyed his drivers season! Risk vs reward....not worth it. Ryan is an engineer, very smart.....but why :roll: did they continue to do do this when they had been warned....makes absolutely no sense.

RCR has more problems than tires, they had 2 engines catch on fire last weekend too.......Not good!


Why should he be fired? Other crew chiefs have done things and got caught numerous times....Chad Knaus and Ray Evernham are 2 well known and they were never fired.
I don't believe Ryan's season has been destroyed...maybe 2-3 good races and he could catch up. Risk vs reward is yet to be seen.
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Well this infraction was for the Auto Club race, not Martinsville. Wow though, not smart at all...
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Post Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:10 pm

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in three races kurt is up to 26th in points.... his season is not destroyed... but lets see what the sponsors have to say about this.
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Post Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:13 pm

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nothing is going to happen, nothing will change with the sponsors, 31 team is a solid team, driver get points taken away all the time, it is what it is, sure its a set back, but it is still early in the season where one good race can put him back in contention
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