Busch East Crew Chief Suspended After Gear Infraction
Penalties Have Impact on Busch East Standings
NASCAR announced today that Ron Ste-Marie, crew chief for the No. 99 Chevrolet driven by Bryon Chew in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series, has been suspended from NASCAR for the next three NASCAR Busch East Series events; suspended from NASCAR until September 19, 2007; and placed on NASCAR probation until December 31, 2007, due to rule violations at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y., July 28.
Chew's #99 Chevrolet (NASCAR / Howie Hodge Photo)
Ste-Marie was suspended for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-CC (any competitor who uses a rear-end gear ratio that violates the specified rear-end gear and transmission ratio during an Event; unapproved rear-end gear ratio) of the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division Busch East Series Rule Book.
In addition, the No. 99 car has been moved from second-place to last (26th) place in the final running order of the July 28 event at Adirondack International Speedway.
The infraction was discovered during post-race inspection.
The penalty has shaken up the Busch East point standings. Chew was unoffically ranked fourth in the driver points after Adirondack, but will now drop to the 10th position. This moves Mike Olsen up into the top five of the standings, after he unoffically dropped from third to sixth because after a mechnical problem at Adirondack.