Front Row Motorsports Penalized Hard for Violations

One of the smaller teams in the NASCAR paddock, Front Row Motorsports, has been penalized for violating equipment related rules, with the penalties going all the way from fines to suspension.

Crew chief Steve Lane has been fined $100,000 and suspended for next 12 Sprint races, suspended from NASCAR until September 15 and placed on probation until December 31. The same penalties will apply to car chief Richard Bourgeois.

In addition, the team's driver, Travis Kvapil and the team owner, Doug Yates, have been sent back 150 driver and owner points.

The decision made by NASCAR, among the harshest given this season, come after NASCAR found the team to have broken several rule book regulations after the Pocono race: Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20-10.7J (unapproved modification to valve stem hardware).

Believe it or not, Front Row Motorsports didn't even protest. Even more, the team says it supports NASCAR in enforcing the Rule Book and only adds that the violations were unintentional.

"It was not our intent to put unapproved valve stem caps on our car at Pocono, a track where such a maneuver would clearly not provide any advantage. We are conducting our own internal investigation to determine how those parts got into our inventory and onto our car last weekend," owner Bob Jenkins said according to Auto123.
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