- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
Bowyer docked 150 points for failing inspection
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Clint Bowyer’s race-winning car from New Hampshire has failed inspection and NASCAR is penalizing the championship contender 150 points.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ NASCAR was scrutinizing Clint Bowyer’s race-winning car from New Hampshire on Wednesday in an inspection process that could derail his championship chances.
Bowyer won Sunday’s opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to vault from 12th to second in the standings and into the thick of the title hunt. Although the No. 33 Chevrolet passed its initial inspection at the track, NASCAR discovered issues with the rear measurements on the car during a more thorough examination at its research and development center, according to two people familiar with the inspection process. They requested anonymity because the inspection was ongoing.
At a previously scheduled appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Bowyer said he was aware his car was under scrutiny but pleaded ignorance as to what could be wrong with the Chevrolet.
“Man, I have no idea. I show up on Friday, I bring my helmet, my HANS and I get in the car,” he said. “Anything that happens Sunday to Friday, I don’t know. I know we won the race this weekend and it was a lot of fun. We led the most laps and won the race and the guys work hard in the shop to bring fair, fast race cars.
“Aside from that, I don’t know what’s going on.”
The development came a day after NASCAR called in Richard Childress Racing officials to warn them that Bowyer’s Chase-clinching car from Richmond had nearly failed inspection because its back end was very close to the mandated limits.
“They were in the box, but getting close to some of the tolerances and we asked them to come in to see if they aren’t getting off on one of their build sheets,” NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
NASCAR sets very strict templates that the teams must follow in building their race cars. Although the cars are built to be equal, crew chiefs can and do make alterations in certain parts of the design for strategy and driver preference.
Teams also have historically pushed the limits in an effort to gain a technical edge on the race track. Since NASCAR ramped up its penalties for cheaters over the past several years, there have been fewer examples of blatant infractions.
Instead, teams tend to cross the line now by manipulating setups to improve handling, alter downforce, improve fuel mileage or find additional speed. It’s not clear what advantage Bowyer would have gained from what NASCAR is studying on his car.
His Richmond car was chosen by NASCAR randomly for further inspection following Bowyer’s sixth-place finish in the Sept. 11 race. The pushed him into the 12th and final spot in the Chase, which began Sunday in New Hampshire. Bowyer went in as the last seed, but snapped an 88-race losing streak with a dramatic victory in the opener.
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: I do
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
A stat-head’s outlook, direct from his worn in couch cushion.
Classical music and the performing arts: news and reviews you can use.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
White House pets gone wild!