You are right Lizard, about Jr Johnson and the rule books, looking for any change that wasn't mentioned.
It should also be noted the "Rulebook" given to Teams... does NOT match the "Rulebook" of the France's & Helton. It's a FACT, folks. Follow the sport long enough and you will see. Don't take my word for it, try and find it... try and get it. Might as well try to capture Unicorns & Rainbows. LOL
Here is a story from Feb 18th -
Link - http://www.auto123.com/en/news/nascar-jimmie-johnsons-daytona-500-car-fails-tech-inspection?artid=140722
By Lewis Franck
Saturday, February 18, 2012
NASCAR officials confiscated the two “C” post pillars of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet, Friday, after inspectors found that they were modified outside of NASCAR specifications.
American sedans have three pillars. The “A” pillar is the first metal structure connecting the windshield and roof. The “B” pillars connect where the door would be and the “C” pillar connects the roof of the car to the trunk area.
The team was permitted to obtain spare parts, flown in from Hendrick headquarters, and will go through inspection again on before Sprint Cup practice on Saturday morning.NASCAR officials told Auto123.com because the infraction happened before qualifying it was not deemed as serious as if it was found after qualifying.
That is why the team was permitted to replace the offending parts and go through tech inspection again.
All of this recalls 2006 when NASCAR confiscated Johnson’s Daytona 500 car after qualifying and suspended crew chief, Chad Knaus, for six races. Johnson came back and won two of those six races without Knaus.
Last year Johnson’s No. 48 car was always picked as the “random car” for post race inspection at NASCAR R & D in Concord, NC after a radio transmission from Chad Knaus to Jimmie Johnson “to back it into the wall” after the conclusion of the Cup race in Talladega.
Although the parts (pictured below) will be taken back to Concord
NASCAR officials said that no penalties, if applicable, will be announced until after the conclusion of the season opening Daytona 500.
Confiscated "C" pillar posts from Jimmie Johnson's car in NASCAR hauler (Photo: Lewis Franck)
John Darby, NASCAR’s managing director of competition told Auto123.com that penalties have been imposed “many times before,” against teams who have technical violations even before they turn a lap. Only not to expect a penalty as severe as Knaus’ in 2006.
OK... so here are my questions -
How did it go from being deemed "non serious" to the end result?
In ANY investigation... there is a chain of procedures to be followed, like police & CSI at a murder scene. Go ahead and try to find NASCAR's policies & procedures, regarding this. Who holds the pillars? How are they transferred to HQ and by whom? <<< This has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese.
The fact that the #48 Team loses points, before being found guilty ( by subjective
means, no less ) is just another classic example of the France Iron Fist ruling & wrecking the sport.
I feel like Lizard, in an uncomfortable position of defending Chad, whom I do dislike .... I just hate the railroad / scape goat / make news for NASCAR to draw fans back / crap that passes for news.
None of the France / Helton "racquet" could stand up in a court of law and defend itself, and it's actions, except only by saying "It's our sport and our rules."