NASCAR details the $100,000 rule broken by RFK Racing

RFK Racing was handed a $100,00 fine; NASCAR adds detail to the violation

After Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR took the No. 6 machine back to the NASCAR R&D Center for a detailed inspection. With the inspection, a penalty was issued.

The violation didn’t amend the race results. Infractions found away from the race track have only resulted in a points penalty or fine in recent years. However, they were given a large fine.

Related: Atlanta Race Results from March 20, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)

Penalty to RFK Racing

– 100 point driver’s point penalty

– 100 point owner’s point penalty

– Loss of 10 playoff points

– Four race suspension for crew chief Matt McCall

– $100,000 fine to Matt McCall

 Violation: sections 14.1 and 14.5 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

The violation is in regards to the modification of a single source part. With the new NASCAR Next Gen car, the cars themselves are identical from team to team. Many parts follow the same tune as their supplied from a single manufacture. It’s a bold effort to level the playing field.

RFK Racing appealed the penalty. Last week, their appeal was heard and the appeals panel elected to uphold the penalty.

Beyond that limited information, we weren’t given many details of what the team did. Until now…

RFK Racing comments after appeal hearing of $100k NASCAR fine

NASCAR comments on the penalty

“The repair policy is very straightforward,” Miller said Wednesday.

“Any repair that’s done is to bring the part back to the original specification. On this part, that was not adhered to. There are body mounting landings that are part of the rear fascia that weren’t brought back to the original specifications.”

“That’s a key design feature of the part. So, the repair policy was not followed. That’s really what it comes down to. A critical dimension of the part was altered.”

“As we worked through what the Next Gen car was going to be, over that long journey with the teams. One of the things was that the single source parts have to be stickily enforced or we’ll get right back to the place that we were with the other car, with constant development.”

He added, “A strict deterrence model was asked for by those in the garage. It’s our job to do that. We said we would.”

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