Schloemer Zone: The Kevin Harvick Scandal From a Fan’s Perspective

By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Kevin Harvick absolutely dominated the Texas race. There is no denying that. Harvick has been the class of the field this season winning eight races and should have probably won more (Kansas, Talladega, Dover just off the top of my head, but was cursed with pit road issues and bad luck). Winning both stages and the checkered flag, Harvick looked to be returning to his dominating ways with no pit road issues in the AAA Texas 500. Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: The Kevin Harvick Scandal From a Fan’s Perspective”

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Furniture Row Racing To Appeal NASCAR Suspension and Penalty

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The following statement is attributed to Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing.

Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (Wednesday), the No. 78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty.

NASCAR issues two-race suspension to Matt Kenseth; points penalty, fine to Danica Patrick

Nov. 3, 2015

Staff Report
NASCAR Wire Service

Sending a clear message that it will not tolerate any actions that alter the outcome of playoff races, NASCAR has suspended Matt Kenseth for two races, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday evening.

After two-plus days of “extensive” review, NASCAR levied some of the stiffest penalties resulting from an act of on-track retaliation – in this case, Kenseth’s wreck of Joey Logano during last Sunday’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

The end result: Kenseth’s streak of 571 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts will end.

With less than 50 laps remaining in the race, Kenseth appeared to intentionally wreck race leader Logano – retribution for a perceived purposeful spin by Logano of the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion in the closing laps at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago.

“Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver [Kenseth], who is no longer in the Chase [for the NASCAR Sprint Cup], intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver [Logano], a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The No. 20 car was nine laps down, and eliminated the No. 22 car’s opportunity to continue to compete in the race.

“Additionally, we factored aspects of safety into our decision, and also the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR.”

Shortly after NASCAR’s announcement, Joe Gibbs Racing – owner of Kenseth’s No. 20 car – issued a statement that Kenseth would appeal the ruling.

“The appeal will challenge the severity of the penalty which is believe to be inconsistent with previous penalties for similar on-track incidents,” the JGR statement said.

NASCAR has informed Kenseth that if he chooses to appeal the penalty, the hearing will be expedited.

Logano, who led a race-high 207 laps and looked well on his way to a fourth-consecutive victory, ended the race in 37th place as a result of the wreck – and in a deep championship hole. Logano currently sits in the last position on the eight-driver Chase Grid, 28 points outside the fourth-place cut-off to make the Championship 4 field at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In all likelihood, Logano will need to win one of the remaining two Eliminator Round races, at either Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (2 p.m. ET on NBC) or Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 15.

In addition to Kenseth’s penalty, NASCAR also issued a 25-point penalty and $50,000 fine to Danica Patrick, who wrecked David Gilliland during Sunday’s Martinsville race.

On Tuesday morning, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France appeared on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s The Morning Drive to offer his opinion of the Kenseth-Logano wreck, which foreshadowed this evening’s official announcement.

“We don’t want [a retaliation] to happen again,” France said. “We don’t want any of our events to be altered in a way where they shouldn’t be. That doesn’t mean that they don’t get altered because of hard racing. That’s going to happen depending on what end you’re on. That’s always going to be part of the game of NASCAR. …

“Historically, when someone races you hard, you race them hard. If they’re going to give you no inches late in the race, that’s how you’re going to race them. That’s NASCAR. But what happened on Sunday, that’s not quite the way that we would have liked to have seen that turn out.”

Penalty Overturned, Johnson Keeps Michigan Pit Selection

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National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement

(April 16, 2015)

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway.

The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
20.16: Wheels and tires
A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
20.16.2: Tires
F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.

12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):

A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons

12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
B. Loss of an additional $50,000

The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.

Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level violation.
2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section 12.5.3.5.3. are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
-Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
-$75,000 fine. Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
– Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Tire Technician James Bender.
-Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.

The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
Mr. John Capels
Mr. Hunter Nickell
Mr. Dale Pinilis

The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR rule boo

Appeals panel upholds, amends penalty to No. 31 team

April 16, 2015

Staff Report
NASCAR Wire Service

While upholding a P-5 level penalty to one of the top teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel did opt to amend portions of the punishment levied against the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team.
Continue reading “Appeals panel upholds, amends penalty to No. 31 team”