In the wake of last week’s “shady deals and doings” at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway that involved Michael Waltrip Racing, Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports in attempts to get certain drivers into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR announced a set of officiating revisions to help the sanctioning body enforce its in-race rules and regulations.
“Today’s technical bulletin addresses the subject of teams artificially altering the outcome of a race and the level of reaction that this will receive from NASCAR,” Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition, said. “We reinforced this issue to the teams in our meeting earlier today and conveyed what is considered unacceptable in our officiating of the event.”
NASCAR officials met with drivers, car owners and crew chiefs on Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., to go over the changes that will take effect Sunday in the Geico 400 at Chicagoland — the first race in the 10-race Chase. The aim to to help competitors understand what is acceptable and what’s not.
To help in enforcing the rules, primarily to make sure deals aren’t being made between teams, only spotters will be allowed on the spotters’ stand, and each team is allowed one spotter. While on the spotters’ stand, each spotter is limited to two analog radios, scanners and Fan Views. Also a video camera will be installed on the spotters’ stand.