Carl Edwards won’t be getting back the 25 points he lost because his No. 99 Ford was too low in post-race inspection after a victory at Dover, and the National Stock Car Racing Commission has upheld that penalty after an appeal by Roush Fenway Racing.
The rear of Edwards’ car did not meet the minimum requirement. The team argued that actually was a disadvantage to the car, and that taking 25 points from a driver in the Chase for the Nextel Cup was too severe of a penalty.
The appeal was heard Tuesday, and in its decision announced Wednesday morning a three-member panel of the commission ruled unanimously to uphold the penalties, which also included a $25,000 fine for crew chief Bob Osborne and the loss of 25 owner points for Jack Roush.
In its appeal, Roush Fenway Racing said a clamp on a jack bolt failed to cause the car to be too low. In a statement, the commissioners said they considered the fact there was no indication the infraction was intentional, but that the car failed to meet post-race height requirements and “whether this constituted an advantage, disadvantage or otherwise does not alter the fact that the car failed to meet the rules.”
The panel also rejected the assertion that drivers in the Chase should have a different penalty structure than those not in the championship playoff.
“All eligible competitors in each NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship race are awarded championship points per the NASCAR Rule Book,” the panel’s statement read.
“Accordingly, point penalties should continue to be assessed irrespective of a given competitor’s overall standing in the championship points, or in which championship race an infraction occurs.”