Penalty upheld against XFINITY team that dropped weight onto track

BY Jared Turner • June 17, 2015

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday upheld a P3 penalty issued on June 3 for infractions on Obaika Racing's No. 97 Chevrolet driven by Peyton Sellers at Dover International Speedway.

The infraction occurred in the first XFINITY practice of the weekend when the No. 13 Dodge of Carl Long hit the outside wall before sliding back down and hitting the inside wall.

Before climbing from the wrecked race car, Long told his team he hit a piece of weight that fell off another car that turned out to be the No. 97 of Sellers.

"It hit me," Long said. "Knocked me straight in the damn fence."

The No. 97 team was penalized for being in violation of NASCAR's rule that any and all ballast added to a vehicle must be bolted inside an added ballast container inside the main frame rails, and/or inside the front sway bar mounting tube.

The original penalty assessed against the team was a $15,000 fine to the crew chief; a one-race suspension for the crew chief and car chief; probation for both the crew chief and car chief through Dec. 31; and the loss of 15 championship driver and 15 championship owner points.
 
The team only appealed the assessment of the 15 championship driver and 15 championship owner points.
 
Upon hearing the testimony, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel ruled that the team violated the rule or rules set forth in the penalty notice, and therefore upheld the original penalty levied by NASCAR.
 
The team has 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 book.
 
Wednesday's three-member appeals panel consisted of Russell Hackett, Bud Moore and Lyn St. James.


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