NASCAR Dishes Out Penalties
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has handed out penalties in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series following the events last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bryan Berry, crew chief of the No. 6 Sharp-Gallaher Racing truck driven by Mike Skeen on Sunday, has been fined $2,500 for violating Sections 12-1 and 9-4A (Crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members) following Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Kelly Heaphy, who was with the No. 6 team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and is the girlfriend of Skeen, has been fined $2,500 and denied access to all NASCAR events indefinitely after slapping Max Papis (watch the video) after Sunday’s race.
“I’d like to apologize to our sponsors, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and especially the fans on behalf of everyone at Sharp-Gallaher Racing for the incident that occurred following Sunday’s race,” said team co-owner Eddie Sharp Jr. “Although Kelly Heaphy is not an employee of SGR, we absolutely do not condone actions such as these from anyone associated with our organization. It is a shame that this overshadowed the first class event that NASCAR delivered in Canada. We have nothing but respect for NASCAR, and will not appeal the penalty assessed to crew chief Bryan Berry.”
In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the No. 30 and No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports teams have been penalized for violating Sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (Any determination by NASCAR Officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the NASCAR rule book, or has been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20A-12.8.1(B) (Car failed to meet the minimum front car heights). These infractions were all discovered during post-race inspection Aug. 31.
As a result of these violations, crew chiefs Pat Tryson (No. 30 car) and Trent Owens (No. 32 car) have each been fined $10,000. In addition, drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. (No. 30) and Kyle Larson (No. 32) have been docked with the loss of six championship series driver points. Owner Harry Scott Jr. has been docked with the loss of six championship owner points for each of the two cars (No. 30 & No. 32).