While racing teams are always looking for any advantage they can find to top the leader board, NASCAR strives to ensure parity between the car manufacturers and the teams. Every car must weigh the same – 3,400 pounds – and carry the same equipment or a simulated version thereof.
After the race in Martinsville last weekend – October 27 – NASCAR determined that the number 14 Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Clint Bowyer failed to comply with the rules involving cars carrying television equipment.
Each week a select number of drivers carry in-car cameras so that fans can see various views of the drivers and tracks. For reasons of parity, NASCAR has mandated that the drivers who do not carry the cameras must carry a simulated package of equal weight. Clint Bowyer’s team failed to carry that simulated camera package.
As a result of the infraction, the number 14 crew chief Mike Bugarewicz was fined $25,000 and has been suspended for one race, car owner Stewart-Haas has been docked 10 car owner points, driver Clint Bowyer has been docked 10 driver points, and the third place Martinsville finish has been marked as encumbered.
In other Martinsville penalties, the Germain Racing the number 13 car driven by Ty Dillon was charged with having a loose lug nut. As a result, crew chief Robert “Bootie” Barker has been fined $10,000.
And Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Scott Graves was charged with his fifth lug nut penalty on the number 19 car driven by Daniel Suarez. Graves was also fined $10,000 for the lug nut infraction.
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