By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to NASCAR, the governing body has hit three teams with significant penalties on Wednesday. The penalties stem from an incident at the final race of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.
The team impacted were Premium Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and Spire Motorsports. NASCAR alleges that they manipulated the results of the final Monster Energy Cup Series race of the season.
Each of the four teams were hit with 50 points from their 2019 team owner standings. Scott Miller, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition, said that the teams ‘altered the finishing order of the Ford EcoBoost 500 on Nov. 17.’
The teams were also hit with suspensions and fines.
“Following a thorough review of race data and driver/team communication from the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as interviews with several competitors, NASCAR has determined that the No. 15, 27, 52, and 77 teams have violated Sections 12.8.g and 12.8.1 of the NASCAR rule book, which addresses manipulating the outcome of a race,” Miller said. “As a result, those teams in violation of the rule book have been penalized as listed in the penalty report.”
- Indefinite suspension for Scott Eggleston, who is the Competition Director for Premium Motorsports
- Indefinite suspension for Kenneth Evans, who is the Competition Director for Rick Ware Racing
- Both Eggleston and Evans were hit with $25,000 fines
- Rick Ware Racing owner Rick Ware hit with $50,000 fine
- Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson hit with $50,000 fine
- Spire Motorsports owner TJ Puchyr hit with $50,000 fine
- All four teams were deducted 50 points from the total team owner standings
According to NASCAR.com, Premium Motorsports was trying to finish with the top spot from non-chartered teams in the final team owner standings during the race. The No. 15 car for Premium, driving by Joe Nemechek; the No. 77 car for Spire, driving by Reed Sorenson, and the No. 52 for Rick Ware, driving by Josh Bilicki, finished their season within 15 laps of each other due to mechanical problems.
This allowed Premium to secure the one point that they needed to get the spot with Ross Chastain’s finish in the No. 27 car for Premium.
But, now with these penalties, the No. 96 of Gaunt Brothers Racing has the top spot among open teams.
According to the post, this is the latest instance of manipulating in NASCAR. The last time was with Michael Waltrip Racing in Sept. 2013.
The governing body ruled that the team ‘tampered with the results of the regular-season finale at Richmond Raceway.’ The team was hit with $300,000 in fines and then its driver, Martin Truex, Jr. was removed from the playoff picture.