NASCAR Upholds Penalty Against Spraker Racing From Greenville-Pickens Speedway K&N Pro Series East Event
Driver Andrew Smith Crosses Finish Line
in Second Place, But Was Disqualified


On April 13, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of David Ifft, crew chief of the Spraker Racing #37 NASCAR K&N Pro Series car.  The appeal concerned penalties issued by NASCAR following post-race inspection on March 27, 2010, for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing.”; Section 12-4-1: “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules;” and Section 20C-12.3-T: “The front shock absorbers would not extend to the specified distance within the specified period of time.”

The penalties assessed were:

   * Suspension from the next two (2) NASCAR K&N Pro Series east events.  Suspension from NASCAR until May 26, 2010.  Probation until December 31, 2010.

The Appellant requested and was granted a deferral of the penalties until such time as this hearing could be convened.

The team argued that the left front shock could have been damaged in contact with one or more other cars during the final green-white-checkered of the race; that consistent inspection procedures were not followed because shock gas pressure was not checked; that the elapsed time between conclusion of the race and shock inspection could have effected shock temperature because it was cold night; and that the severity of the penalty was excessive in relationship to other shock absorber infractions in the series when factored against this year’s 10-race calendar.

Testimony revealed that not just the left front, but both front shock absorbers, failed to meet the specifications of Section 20C-12.3-T.  The temperatures taken on both shocks at the time of inspection were well within the range stipulated by the Rule Book.  NASCAR Officials explained that the normal procedure when a shock absorber repeatedly fails the extension/time test is to maintain the shock in it’s as-raced condition, rather than taking the further steps of checking gas pressure or disassembly.  Whereas similar penalties in the series involved a three-race suspension for the crew chief, this two-race suspension already took account of the current series calendar.

Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.  The periods of suspension shall be adjusted from the date of this hearing.

The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.

Russell Hackett
Dale Pinilis
Robert Yates
George Silbermann - Appellate Administrator and non-voting member