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Yates Appeal Denied by National Stock Car Racing Commission

On May 17, 2006, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Robert Yates Racing. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR following pre-race inspection on May 6, 2006 for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway.

The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing”; Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules” and Section 20.12.2D “Unapproved rear sway bar mounting for use other than anti-roll.”

The penalties assessed were:

  • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner Robert Yates.
  • Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Driver Points for driver Dale Jarrett.
  • $25,000.00 fine and suspension until June 7, 2006 for crew chief Richard Labbe.

    The Commission had deferred the fine and suspension against the crew chief until the appeal hearing could be convened.

    The Appellants did not contest the legality of the sway bar configuration, but appealed the severity of the penalties.

    The Commission found that the penalties assessed are consistent with recent penalties for infractions of such a blatant nature. In reaching its decision, the Commission also notes that a warning for a lesser violation in the same area of the car had been issued at an earlier event.

    Therefore it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.

    The Commission further instructs NASCAR to adjust the ending date of the crew chief suspension to June 14, 2006 to remain consistent with the original 4-week suspension period.

    Russell Hackett
    Lyn St. James
    George Silbermann, Chairman

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