NASCAR Penalizes No. 51 Modified Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has penalized No. 51 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour as a result of rules violations committed Sept. 29 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
The No. 51 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-10.5A (Only a one-piece magnetic steel drive shaft with a minimum outside diameter of two (2) inches and a minimum thickness of 0.090 inch will be permitted: Drive shaft did not meet the minimum thickness.) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection.
John Sanford, crew chief of the No. 51 car, has been fined $500, suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid and placed on NASCAR probation until Oct. 30.
Owner Kenneth Massa has been penalized with the loss of six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship car owner points, while driver Justin Bonsignore has been penalized with the loss of six championship driver points.