3 teams are fined $25,000

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2003

JOLIET, Ill. Three Winston Cup Series teams will arrive at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 a little lighter in the wallet and a little lower on the ladder in the point standings.

The teams Dale Earnhardt Inc., Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Petty Enterprises were fined and docked points Wednesday for rules infractions last week at Daytona International Speedway.

Michael Waltrip's DEI team was fined $25,000 and had 25 points removed from the driver standings and the car owner standings after NASCAR officials found unapproved modifications to the carburetor.

Crew chief Richard Labbe also was fined $250 for an unapproved roof strip.

Morgan-McClure was socked with a $25,000 fine and the loss of 25 points in the driver and car owner standings for having an enlarged gas tank.

Teams are restricted to a 14-gallon tank for races at Daytona and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

And Petty Enterprises suffered the same $25,000 fine and 25-point reduction in points after it was caught with unapproved rear jacking bolts. The bolts set the height of the rear wheels.

FREAK ACCIDENT: A broken bolt led to a freak accident in the final five laps of last Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

While most fans and the television and radio networks covering the race were paying more attention to gas mileage strategies by the leaders, the hood from Robby Gordon's Chevrolet flew off his carand landed in the main grandstands.

A woman, who asked that her name or hometown not be released, spent the night at Halifax Medical Center with unspecified injuries, according to speedway spokesman Andrew Booth. She was released Sunday.

NASCAR confiscated the hood and covered Gordon's car after the race to investigate.

Investigators concluded a bolt that attaches the hood to the car failed, according to NASCAR spokesman Mike Zizzo.

DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL: Saturday's Pepsi 400 marked the fifth time in three years television ratings for a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race reached a 6.0 national rating level.

NBC's broadcast was a 15 percent increase over ratings for the same race in 2002.

Reach Don Coble at doncoble@bellsouth.net.



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