The National Motorsports Appeals Panel ruled Tuesday to uphold penalties issued to four Craftsman Truck Series teams earlier this month for violating a safety rule in the NASCAR Rule Book.
Each of the four teams was discovered to have violated NASCAR Rule Book Sections 184.108.40.206.1 B&C: Driver’s Window Net, a safety penalty.
A driver’s window net must meet the SFI 27.1 specification and display a valid SFI 27.1 label. This SFI specification means that the window net has been tested to meet the minimum standards for safety.
Additionally, window nets must not be used beyond two years from the date it was manufactured.
The three-person panel of Dale Pinilis, Shawna Robinson and Kevin Whitaker ruled to affirm and upheld the original penalty, which was:
– A loss of 25 championship owner points the Nos. 46 and 47 Toyotas of G2G Racing and the Nos. 12 and 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolets.
– A fine of $5,000 to the respective crew chiefs: Timothy Silva (No. 46), Daniel Killius (No. 47), Bradley Means (No. 12) and Joseph Lax (No. 20).
In reaching the above decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “Whether the race team knew or did not know the window nets were illegal, according to the NASCAR Rule Book, each race team is responsible for ensuring that their equipment is both legal and safe.”