Penalty knocks Sauter from Truck Series lead
April 24, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Johnny Sauter has fallen out of the Camping World Truck Series lead after incurring a 25-point penalty from NASCAR for fuel cell violations discovered in opening inspection this past weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Sauter’s No. 98 truck was found to have violated several sections of the 2013 Rule Book in relation to the fuel cell, which cannot be modified after receiving NASCAR approval and must include standard black safety foam with a minimum free-standing height of 8 inches. As a result, crew chief Joel Shear has been fined $10,000 and suspended the next four Truck Series events. He has also been placed on probation through Dec. 31.
Owner Mike Curb and Sauter were also docked 25 owner and driver points, respectively. Sauter won the season’s first two races and finished fifth at Kansas, after which he led ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton by 12 points in the series standings. With the penalty, Crafton assumes the lead, while Sauter falls to second.
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