During opening-day inspections at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on May 9, NASCAR officials had an issue with the bumper cover on the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series car driven by Kyle Busch. As a result, crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until the end of the year. Car chief Christopher Landis has also been placed on probation until Dec. 31.
In its penalty announcement on Tuesday: NASCAR cited the following rules violations:
sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the rule book), 20A-2.1E (streamlining of the contours of the car, beyond what is approved by the series director will not be permitted. Installation of air directional devices, underpans, baffles, shields or the like beneath the car or the car’s hood and fender area, front firewall, floor, rear firewall area, rear deck and quarter panel area will not be permitted. If, in the judgment of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted. Addition of body fillers of any type, to the underside of the body, chassis or suspension components will not be permitted. All cars must remain standard in appearance) and 20A-3.10A (front upper bumper cover must be from the respective OEM manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. The front lower bumper cover and rear bumper cover must be from an approved manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. Once approved, the front lower bumper covers may be used on all approved models. NASCAR officials may use bumper covers provided by the respective manufacturer as a guide in determining whether a competitor’s bumper cover conforms to the specifications of the NASCAR rule book. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, cutting and reshaping of bumper covers will not be permitted.) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book.
Since the issue was discovered last Thursday, it was resolved prior to the Friday night race. Busch won the Nationwide Series race at Darlington from the pole.
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