NDRL Reduces Penalty Against Davenport
PHOENIX – The National Dirt Racing League announced today that after and official appeal has been completed, NDRL competitor Jonathan Davenport and the K&L Rumley team have been granted some relief of penalties incurred during the Friday portion of the NDRL King of Mississippi event at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Davenport along with fellow NDRL regular Chris Madden were originally penalized for infractions of Section 10.1 of the 2014 NDRL Rule book. Each competitor was docked purse monies and championship points to equal that of last place totals. Davenport and his team filed an appeal as per the NDRL Rule book.
An independent three-person appeals committee reviewed a copy of the team’s appeal along with all information, officials’ statements and video from the event. The committee recommended the following changes/additions to the initial penalty:
– Reduction of points penalty to equal a loss of 20 championship points (equal to Madden’s point loss)
– Reduction of fine to equal a comparable loss to Madden’s purse loss
– Team probation for remainder of 2014 season
After review of the committee’s recommendation series officials have agreed to concur and implement the committee’s recommendations.
“This was a tough situation. These guys are racing hard and there is a lot of money on the line. So it is understandable that their emotions will run high. However we have an expectation of professionalism and fair play from all who enter one of our events. It is always our intent to maintain a fair and controlled environment that is safe for all competitors, officials and fans. We take that part of our job as officials very seriously. We appreciate the committee’s candor and sense of fair play as well. We certainly thank them for their input and time. Hopefully we won’t need to use them for any further issues going forward,” said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.
The change in the penalty will restore 16 points to Davenport’s current championship point total and will move him back atop the standings by 14 markers over Scott Bloomquist.