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#48 team may face penalty for all-star race violation: NASCAR officials are investigating #48-Jimmie Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team for a possible rules violation during the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. A NASCAR official said after the race that a Johnson crewman was being investigated for modifying the side skirt on Johnson's car during the race. NASCAR implemented new rules prior to this season preventing teams from modifying the side skirts during a race. NASCAR also has new video cameras monitoring pit road, making such rules violations easier to detect. Any possible penalties would be announced next week.(Sporting News)(5-17-2015)
When they say side skirt, what's that?? Pulling out around the wheel wells???
UPDATE: NASCAR will issue a warning but won't penalize the Hendrick Motorsports team of Jimmie Johnson for pulling out a side skirt body panel Saturday night during the Sprint All-Star Race. At the start of the year, NASCAR announced it wouldn't allow the flaring out of fenders and body panels near the wheel wells, something that occurred with regularity over the last half of the 2014 season. The penalty is that a team must come in under green to fix it or, if the repair is done while under caution, then the driver must do a pass-through penalty (driving down pit road at pit-road speed) under green. Anyone found involved in such modifications, on first offense, gets a warning.(ESPN.com)(5-19-2015)
Why does this not surprise me? This team has had more violations than anyone else the past 10 years probably, and yet all they get is a slap on the wrist. What a joke:
But the side skirt wasn't a formal rule until this season...everyone did it last year
Sorry Section, this isn't their first offense. They were given a warning last season after a race for the same thing. I know the penalty doesn't mean a damn thing, because with 2 wins we know he is in the chase. But this just gives more credence to the Hendrick teams get passes from NASCAR where other teams don't.
All this talk about pulling on fenders brings back a memory. Sterling Marlin, super speedway. They threw a red flag and everyone stopped on the back stretch. Marlin gets out of the car and walks around it just looking. He stops, bends over and starts yanking on a rear fender. The official comes running up waving his arms around and Marlin looks at him as if to say,,,,WHAT???? I can't do that ??? Oh. OK. And walks away. Nothing ever came of it.