NASCAR Fines And Suspends No. 48 Team Members

Jimmie Johnson with his daughter during Daytona 500 driver introductions - Anne Proffit photo

Jimmie Johnson with his daughter during Daytona 500 driver introductions - Anne Proffit photo

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After NASCAR found a non-conforming "C" pillar on five-time Sprint Cup Series Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet during February 17 pre-race inspections prior to the Budweiser Shootout, many assumed any fines or other penalties would be meted out after the Daytona 500.

This sort of announcement would normally occur on a Tuesday following a race, but since the 54th edition of the Great American Race occurred on Monday night under the lights for the first time in its history, NASCAR waited until Wednesday to announce its decisions.

The No. 48 car was found to be in violation of Section 12-1 of the NASCAR rulebook--actions detrimental to stock car racing; Section 12-4J--any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the rule book or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event; and Section 20-2.1E--if in the judgment of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance will not be permitted (unapproved car body modifications).

As a result of these heinous infractions, NASCAR has suspended crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec from the next six Sprint Cup Series events, suspending the duo from NASCAR until April 18 and placing them on NASCAR probation until May 9. In addition, Knaus has been stripped of $100,000 from his bank account.

Driver Johnson and car owner Jeff Gordon have been penalized with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points, respectively.

Shortly after NASCAR decreed the fine, probation and loss of points, Hendrick Motorsports, which fields the No. 48 for Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series announced it will appeal the sanctions.

"Our organization respects NASCAR and the way the sanctioning body governs our sport," Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports declared. "In this case, though, the system broke down and we will voice our concerns through the appeal process."

The team has not planned adjustments to the No. 48's team personnel while the appeal is ongoing.
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Comments (11)
  1. It only shows you how far No.48 will go to start winning races.

  2. Should take those 5 champioships,all won by cheating.

  3. what ever happened to Innocent till proven otherwise ?, and what change to a frame rail did they make?, and how was it alleged to have benefited a car that finished 9th?, and what made it such an infraction worth $100,000.00?

  4. It was proven otherwise. They found the pillar during an inspection. This is black and white, a part is either allowed or it isn't. If they find a par that isn't, that's against the rules.

  5. Wrong! As inspections are conducted prior to each race, there is no cause for taking other championships he won fair.

  6. why doesn't NASCAR provide everything ?.....engine's, Body's wheel's, tires and the TEAMS can put their own Wraps on the cars ?...hows that?, and finishing 9th place means that change wasn't all that effective was it ?, what is this about ?, NASCAR needs money so bad it's got to fine a ninth place car and team? you're kidding me right ?

  7. NASCAR officials have learned well from our federal government. Over power them with so many regulations that if they move they have violated a regulation. NASCAR has just turned into another Corporate intity whos motto is "Take their every dime and the sue them so that anything they get in the future will belong to the Corporation". I remember when NASCAR racing was fun and reasonable!!!

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  9. DW you have a short memory. I was working at the track in Nashville TN known as the Fairgrounds Speedway. You came down from Owensboro and took over the best and most financed ride in the area courtesy of the brothers from Franklin. You were the hot shot winning everything. You were the Gorden & Johnson of Nashville. Your Grand National & Sprint Cup career were exciting. But your name "Jaws" had two meanings, both around your reckless driving. How many people did you take out during those years? Some have called you a hipocrite for your judgemental attitude toward Jeff Gorden. I think you are just envious of Jeff's skill and driving record. It's time for another motorsport as NASCAR continues to distroy itself. Rolex series looks good.

  10. Given them a teenie weenie fine is like a slap on the wrist.Suspend them for a season with no pay,then maybe they will learn cheaters never win!

  11. This TEAM has a HISTORY....Will NASCAR really hold them accountable? Actions taken by NASCAR in the past have not deterred the desire nor implementation to continue cheating in this manner. Can we trust NASCAR to put an end to this, once and for all?

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