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    GORDON, JOHNSON FAIL INITIAL INSPECTION AT SONOMA

    SONOMA, Calif. -- Nextel Cup points leader Jeff Gordon and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson were banned from on-track activities Friday, and their status for Sunday's event at Infineon Raceway was in jeopardy after NASCAR discovered illegal front-end modifications in initial inspection.

    The cars of neither Gordon, the defending race champion, nor Johnson will be allowed to practice or qualify Friday.

    NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said both cars "failed the initial inspection ... as a result of body modifications found to be outside NASCAR tolerances. The front fender [of both cars] was modified outside of NASCAR regulations. They did not meet the C2 template inspection."

    "When we presented the cars for inspection today [NASCAR] found our fenders were outside their limits in between the templates," said Doug Duchardt, Hendrick Motorsports' vice president of development. "The cars fit the templates. We thought we could work on the points between the templates and it became clear to us [in inspection] that we could not."

    According to Poston, Hendrick Motorsports' No. 5 and No. 25 cars, for Kyle Busch and Casey Mears, passed inspections.

    Poston added, "both teams have an opportunity to repair and resubmit their cars" for inspection up to the start of practice Saturday. "Assuming they pass inspection, they can practice [Saturday] and start at the rear of the field [Sunday]," he said.

    Gordon, as expected, alluded to the birth Wednesday of his daughter Ella as having more of his attention than the setback, when asked his outlook on a track where "no one has ever won from the back."

    "Nothing's going to ruin my day or my weekend -- I'm on cloud nine," Gordon said.

    "This is devastating news ... and this definitely puts us in box. We'll just have to work our way out of it. I'm looking forward to getting out there [Saturday]. I think pit strategy [on Sunday] will be very important for us."

    "It's important to know this is a Car of Tomorrow penalty," Poston said of the short-term severity of the sanction. "The inspection process and NASCAR's response to Car of Tomorrow violations are going to be more severe.

    "We're going to keep this car in check. It's important to know all cars in the field are starting out equal and have the ability to win the race."

    Poston said both teams' crew chiefs, Steve Letarte on the No. 24 and Chad Knaus on the No. 48, would be allowed to supervise the repairs, and at this point, NASCAR had no plans to immediately confiscate the cars.

    "My understanding is the 48 has been through inspection and is waiting at the garage for my direction," Knaus said. "I think the 24 is close behind them, although it's my understanding we won't get inspection stickers until [Saturday]."

    Said driver Kyle Petty, who will be mic'd for TNT during Sunday's race: "You have a rule book, and we have rules. NASCAR has been adamant about the COT. For 24 months they've been adamant about the COT, "Don't mess with us on this.'

    I think we've already seen it when a mistake was made by the 8 car. We saw how drastic they approached a mistake, so anytime you get into something they deem intentional it's gonna be big. With what's gone on [Friday], they deemed it to be intentional, so it's gonna be a little harsher."

    In May, NASCAR levied severe penalties to the No. 8 team of Dale Earnhardt Inc. for violations found during pre-race inspection before the Darlington race.

    The team was found to have violated Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20-3.1.3B (the NASCAR-approved upper and lower rear wing mounting brackets must not be modified to obtain a rear-wing angle of less than zero degrees or more than 16 degrees) of the NASCAR rule book.

    Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was fined $100,000, suspended for six weeks and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized 100 driver points and car owner Teresa Earnhardt was penalized 100 points.

    "If NASCAR's intentions are to create an equal playing field for everybody with the COT and you step out of line like this you need to get your hands smacked, I guess," driver Kurt Busch said. "DEI did it with their rear spoiler, and now you've got two Hendrick cars that are out of code. They really want this to be a controlled environment with the COT. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

    "You lose a little bit of practice time, but it's only an hour and a half [on Friday]. It's not much. It's going to suck with those two cars [Gordon and Johnson] starting in the back because guys up front aren't going to get any TV time."

    Sonoma is the first road-course race for the Car of Tomorrow. It's seven previous races were run on oval tracks.

    The decision on further penalties against the Hendrick cars would be made next week, Poston said.

    NASCAR.COM - Gordon, Johnson fail initial inspection at Sonoma - Jun 22, 2007

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    I hope the penalties are in keeping with those already handed out for this kind of violation of the rules.
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    Gordon, Johnson docked 100 points for violations

    They were Gracie.

    NASCAR.COM - Gordon, Johnson docked 100 points for violations - Jun 26, 2007
    Gordon, Johnson docked 100 points for violations
    Crew chiefs Letarte, Knaus suspended for six races
    By Official Release
    June 26, 2007
    03:55 PM EDT

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has issued penalties and fines to the No. 24 and No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports teams that compete in the Nextel Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions found this past weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

    Both cars -- the No. 24 driven by Jeff Gordon and the No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson -- were found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); 20-2.1E (parts or components of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that have been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance will not be permitted); and 20-2H (fenders may not be cut or altered except for wheel or tire clearance which must be approved by the Series Director) of the 2007 NASCAR rule book. The violations were found during the initial inspection process last Friday.

    As a result, Gordon and Johnson have each been penalized 100 driver championship points. Their respective crew chiefs -- Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus -- have each been fined $100,000, suspended for the next six Nextel Cup Series events until Aug. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2007.

    In addition, Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24, has been penalized 100 car owner championship points as has Gordon, who is the owner of the No. 48.

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    Eury Sr. named director of competition at JR Motorsports

    Eury Sr. named director of competition at JR Motorsports - NASCAR - Yahoo! Sports
    MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Long-time NASCAR crew chief Tony Eury Sr. on Wednesday was named director of competition at JR Motorsports.

    Eury is the uncle of Dale Earnhardt Jr., the owner and founder of the Busch Series team.

    Eury will oversee competition and technical support for the entire team. He also will work closely with crew chief Wes Ward, motorsports director Steve Crisp and driver Shane Huffman in preparation for Saturday's Camping World 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

    "Tony Sr. brings wins, championships, and an immeasurable amount of knowledge to JR Motorsports," Earnhardt said. "He also brings a sense of trust that you only have in family. This company needs his expertise, and I'm glad he sees the potential at JR Motorsports to want to work here."

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    I'm assuming that probation doesn't carryover and past misdeeds aren't taken into account since Mr. Knaus was suspended last year for shady tactics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gracie;2454254;
    I'm assuming that probation doesn't carryover and past misdeeds aren't taken into account since Mr. Knaus was suspended last year for shady tactics.
    His probation last season was for last season only. You would think NASCAR would have a habitual offender program. If they did poor ol' Tony Stewart wouldn't stand a chance.
    Ted Musgrave was suspended for one race in the truck series. I don't know if any of you saw it but he was wrecked by rookie Kelly Bires. When he got his truck fired up he caught up with Bires and ran him right into the wall very blatantly. He was black flagged at that time but his truck was totaled anyway.
    NASCAR suspends Musgrave for one race - NASCAR - Yahoo! Sports
    NASCAR suspends Musgrave for one race
    June 27, 2007

    DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- NASCAR on Wednesday suspended Ted Musgrave from competition until July 3 for an on-track altercation during last week's Craftsman Truck Series race in Milwaukee.

    Musgrave, the driver of the No. 9 Toyota Tundra, appeared to intentionally ram the nose of his truck into the driver's-side door of rookie Kelly Bires' truck after the two were involved in a crash Friday in the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200.

    NASCAR officials black-flagged Musgrave immediately following the incident.

    In addition to missing this weekend's race at Memphis Motorsports Park, Musgrave was docked 50 points, fined $10,000 and placed on probation until December 31.

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    Daytona 500 to become season finale?

    I've often wondered why this hasn't been done since NASCAR started messing with the schedule. This is actually one race date switch that makes sense IMO.

    DAYTONA 500 SWITCHING DATES WITH HOMESTEAD?
    It looks like the biggest NASCAR race of the year might be getting a date change. Each year since 1959, NASCAR has led off the season in Daytona Beach, FL with the sports biggest race, the Daytona 500.

    Daytona's famous "SPEEDWEEKS" is a two week blitzkrieg of motor sports that begins in early February and runs through the Daytona 500 on President's Day weekend. Known as the "Great American Race", the Daytona 500 has been a staple of American sports and American culture for nearly fifty years.

    This week, sources within NASCAR told me there has been closed door discussions to move the date of the Daytona 500, to November.

    Apparently, NASCAR is intrigued by the idea of switching the dates of the season ending Homestead race with the season opening Daytona 500. The allure of ending the NASCAR season and crowning a new Nextel Cup champion at the sports biggest race is something the France family is strongly considering.

    NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation own both tracks so a change of date would be easy to accomplish.


    In 2008, NASCAR will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500 on February 17th for what may be the final time ever in the month of February.

    If NASCAR does choose to move the Daytona 500 to the final race of the season, the potential drama for race fans could be overwhelming, or it could be a bust.

    For the drivers, the perfect end to a future NASCAR season would be a victory in the Daytona 500 and a clinching of the Nextel Championship on the same day.

    But, imagine a season ending Daytona 500 with the champion having been decided the week before and the 40th driver in the Nextel Cup standings takes the checkered flag. The championship would be a bust and so would the race.

    The idea of holding the "Superbowl" of your sport as the last event of your season is the "norm" in most sports, but this is NASCAR and NASCAR is about tradition.Not to mention there is no "norm" in NASCAR.

    There is no player union, the rule book is flexible, NASCAR makes rules up as they go along, they introduce new race cars in a whim, and...they move race dates with the stroke of a pen.

    Sources said the late Bill France Jr. was very much against moving the Daytona 500 and felt that it would hurt the integrity of the sport.

    But, with the old school traditions going by the wayside year after year, the new brass of NASCAR is more willing than ever to make some major changes.

    NASCAR does not intend to have a final decision regarding the date change until the end of the 2007 season, but don't be surprised if your 2009 Florida vacation takes place in November instead of February. - John "Captain Thunder" Nevins for captainthunderracing.com
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    Kahne to DEI?

    I also found this article over at Captain Thunder NASCAR Racing Report
    LOUDON, N.H. - This Bud could be for Kasey Kahne.


    With Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving at the end of the season to drive for Rick Hendrick, that opens the door for Kahne at Dale Earnhardt Inc. There's not another driver in the garage who could match Earnhardt's Q Score, but when it comes to hot Nextel Cup properties, Kahne isn't too far behind. Kahne would easily transition into the Budweiser's advertising campaign.

    The potential of the 26-year-old on and off the track is limitless, but this year Kahne has been struggling at Evernham Motorsports. After a phenomenal season in 2006, Kahne is currently 28th in points and hasn't visited Victory Lane since last fall at Lowe's Motor Speedway — 20 races ago. In 16 starts, Kahne has just one top-10 — a seventh-place finish at Daytona.


    His Evernham teammate Elliott Sadler is currently 21st in points, but Scott Riggs, whose car is under the EMS roof but owned by James Rocco, entered the weekend 36th in points. Riggs missed his third race after failing to qualify for the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire.


    According to sources, Kahne has a clause in his contract that would enable him to leave Evernham Motorsports if a change in ownership occurs. Introducing Montreal Canadians owner George Gillett into the EMS partnership could provide Kahne with the out for which he's searching. Kahne's legal counsel offered a "no comment" when asked whether the driver had asked for his release. (more)
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    Re: Daytona 500 to become season finale?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott;2460896;
    I've often wondered why this hasn't been done since NASCAR started messing with the schedule. This is actually one race date switch that makes sense IMO.


    Captain Thunder NASCAR Racing Report
    Moving the Daytona 500 to the season finale has been denied by NASCAR.
    UPDATE - denied: There's no validity to a rumor circulating on the Internet that NASCAR is having discussions about moving the Daytona 500 to November, Daytona spokesman Andrew Booth said. "That one was way out in left field," he said.(Tampa Tribune)(7-7-2007)
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    Truck Series Driver Arrested With Herion In Vehicle

    It always amazes me how someone with so much at stake can get involved with this kind of crap.
    NASCAR Driver Arrested At Kings Island - WCPO.com
    NASCAR Driver Arrested At Kings Island

    Posted By: Kitalena Mason

    Mason Police said NASCAR driver, Aaron Fike, was arrested at Kings Island this weekend.

    It happened in the parking lot Saturday afternoon.

    According to police , Fike struck a Kings Island security officer with the side mirror of his car as he drove away.

    When Mason police arrived on the scene, they found heroin inside his SUV as well as syringes and spoons with residue.

    Fike was not alone. He had a woman with him, by the name of Cassandra Davidson.

    Both were arrested on drug possession charges and taken to the Warren County Jail.

    Fike, 24, is a driver of the #1 Toyota Tundra Craftsman Truck Series.

    He's currently ranked eighth in the series.

    He competed at the Kentucky Speedway in 2005 and 2006 in the NASCAR Busch Series.

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