By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Wednesday NASCAR dropped the hammer on four Sprint Cup Series teams for infractions at Texas Motor Speedway.
The drivers and teams that were penalized were the No. 13 (Max Papis), No. 56 (Martin Truex Jr.), No. 00 (David Reutimann), No. 47 (Marcos Ambrose). Each of these teams violations were discovered in post-qualifying inspection on April 16.
Robert “Bootie” Barker, crew chief of the No. 13 team, and Frank Kerr, crew chief of the No. 47 team, have each been fined $75,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 20-2.3A (unapproved added weight); 20-7 (all engine cooling system components must be approved by NASCAR prior to being used in competition); and 20-7.3A (radiator mount; failure to submit components) of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book.
Car owners Robert Germain (No. 13) and Tad Geschickter (No. 47) have each been penalized with the loss of 50 championship owner points for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-2.3A. Drivers Max Papis (No. 13) and Marcos Ambrose (No. 47) have each been penalized with the loss of 50 championship driver points for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-2.3A.
This penalty drops the No. 13 car from 37th in owner points back to 39th, while the No. 47 car now has dropped from 26th to 28th in the owner’s standings. The No. 47 team can’t afford anymore mistakes if they want to remain inside the top-35 in owner points for the remainder of the season.
Rodney Childers, crew chief of the No. 00 team, and Pat Tryson, crew chief of the No. 56 team, have each been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1; 20-7; and 20-7.3A.