NASCAR announced today that the unofficial results of Saturday’s Toyota All-Star Showdown Grand National Division race at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway have been revised, resulting in original runner-up David Gilliland being declared the winner.
The car driven by Mike Olsen, originally listed as the winner in the unofficial results, failed post-race inspection. Olsen’s crew chief Harry Norcross was determined to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment that do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR rule book. Olsen’s car had unapproved right-side wheels which exceeded the maximum width of 9 ½ inches and were less than the 27-pound minimum weight.
The violations dropped Olsen to 31st in the official race finish. Gilliland and all others in the event moved up one position as a result.
Mike Olsen released a statement on Tuesday that read: “I don’t agree with the decision at all. The penalty is inconsistent with anything they’ve ever done before. I had no idea those wheels were on the car. Mike Olsen, the driver, is the one getting penalized here not Harry Norcross like the penalty reads. I’m embarrassed: for the series, my sponsor, my family, and my team. I’ve been a competitor in the Busch North Series for over 15 years, and I feel I should be given the benefit of the doubt.”
Fadden Racing, the team that Olsen drives for, also released a statement on Tuesday.
That statement read: Fadden Racing, Inc. will appeal the penalty NASCAR handed down today to Harry Norcross, crew chief for the No. 61 Busch North Series car, as a result of a rules infraction last weekend at Irwindale Speedway.
Alvin Fadden, Team Manager of Fadden Racing, Inc. "The infraction was issued to the crew chief, and NASCAR essentially penalized Mike Olsen.”
Harry Norcross has been relieved of his crew chief duties
Speed51.com is following the story and will have more on it in the coming days.
Mike Olsen won on Saturday night, but that call was reversed on Tuesday. (51 Photos)