NASCAR's big offseason of change continued on Tuesday when the sanctioning body released its new Deterrence System. This comes on the heals of a revamped qualifying procedure and also the new Chase format.
Under the new penalty system penalties will range from a P1 to a P6. P1 offenses are minor and P6 offenses are the most serious.
"It's never our intent to penalize, but in order to keep the playing field fair for everyone, we recognize that strong rules need to be in place," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president for racing operations. "We certainly believe we've done a good job governing the sport in the past, but always believe we can get better and benefit everyone involved, especially as we went out and talked to the industry. The new Deterrence System is going to provide a clear path for our competitors to fully understand the boundaries while shoring up some gray areas which may have been in existence, again, all in an effort to be as transparent as possible."
Also announced on Tuesday was that Bryan Moss, president emeritus of Gulfstream Aerospace, will be the new Final Appeals Officer. He replaces John Middlebrooks. Initial appeals will be heard by three members of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel like in the past expect for the fact that the panel will be made up of fewer race track operators and more experts with technical backgrounds.
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