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NASCAR Will not Penalize Teams for Confiscated Roof Flap Spacers

July 10th, 2013 at 9:32 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Wednesday NASCAR made its ruling on the 31 teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series that had roof flap spacers taken away from them on Thursday during practice at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR has decided to not penalize any of the teams.

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After a review NASCAR determined that no competitive advantage was gained and safety was not jeopardized.

“We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties invol­­ved,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s  vice president of competition. “Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted."

NASCAR has been stingy in 2013 and has handed down a lot of penalties so it is somewhat a surprise that not even a small fine was handed down to the involved teams since the parts were supposed to come a a kit NASCAR gives out. It seems like NASCAR thinks the teams were not in the wrong in this particular situation.

“Moving forward we will work with the roof flap manufacturer and the race teams to evaluate and optimize the associated installation hardware, review the process in its totality and communicate in a timely manner to the garage area any revisions that we determine need to be made," Pemberton said.

The 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams involved were the teams of Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Trevor Bayne, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears.

The 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series teams involved were the teams of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Brian Vickers, Travis Pastrana, Michael Annett, Cole Whitt, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill, Blake Koch, Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, Robert Richardson Jr, Jason White and Dexter Stacey.

Tags: Daytona International Speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, robin pemberton, Sprint Cup Series

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