As a result, crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec have been suspended from the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events, suspended from NASCAR until April 18 and placed on NASCAR probation until May 9. Additionally, Knaus has been fined $100,000.
Driver Jimmie Johnson and car owner Jeff Gordon have been penalized with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points, respectively.
“We'll just go on to Phoenix and set our marks on winning that race,” Johnson said after his race ended prematurely on Monday evening.
"It doesn’t do any good to rehash what went wrong all week long. That’s certainly the case for us this week. We have a short turnaround, so that obviously helps. But I’m really focused on getting on track and putting up a better finish in the Kobalt Tools Chevy this weekend. It’s obviously a good place for us, so I’m looking forward to getting on track in a few days." Johnson said.
Look, there's been cheating in NASCAR since the wheel has been round. Teams are always looking for an edge. Years ago, teams used to build out the C-pillars because there was an area that they felt they could squeeze the templates and the rules. It's looking for an edge. I am more than ok with it. It's part of the sport, trying to interpret the rules. They missed, got caught, and are paying the price. I certainly don't want spec racing, IROC style. Gimme more drama, more of the track issues.
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