Richard Childress Racing Statement Regarding NASCAR Penalty

WELCOME, N.C. (September 22, 2010) — The following is a statement from Richard Childress, president and chief executive officer of Richard Childress Racing, regarding NASCAR’s penalty on the No. 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team after last week’s race in New Hampshire:

“First of all, I’d like to apologize to our sponsors, our fans and everyone at RCR for the situation that has resulted from this ruling. RCR has a long-standing reputation of integrity on and off the race track. We pride ourselves on working within the rules established by the sanctioning body.

NASCAR informed us after the Richmond race that we were very close to their maximum tolerances. They also told us they were going to take our New Hampshire car to the NASCAR Technical Center after that race. It doesn’t make any sense at all that we would send a car to New Hampshire that wasn’t within NASCAR’s tolerances. I am confident we fixed the area of concern and the New Hampshire car left the race shop well within the tolerances required by NASCAR.
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We feel certain that the cause of the car being out of tolerance by sixty thousandths of an inch, less than 1/16 of an inch, happened as a result of the wrecker hitting the rear bumper when it pushed the car into winner’s circle. The rear bumper was also hit on the cool down lap by other drivers congratulating Clint on his victory. That’s the only logical way that the left-rear of the car was found to be high at the tech center. We will appeal NASCAR’s ruling and take it all the way to the NASCAR commissioner for a final ruling, if need be.”

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  1. They do pre race inspections; found no issue, do a post race inspection and find the height of Clint’s ride out 1/16th of an inch….really…imagine…no way…can’t be…this doesn’t happen, ride hights don’t change during a race because of beating and hard racing, bumpin and no this doesn’t happen, fine them hard.

    Obviously I’m being sarcastic…it’s ridiculous the specs the cars must follow post race…something needs to be done, there is going to be some degree of change to the setup of a car throughout a race.

  2. i can’t believe this like richard said we are not dumb enough to be illegal,some one is out to get them,hendrick[no they are the god] fight richard we are behind you

  3. NASCAR rules are needed but fans are starting to believe post race inspections for such things as ride height are a little excessive. I doubt you can keep the ride hieght in spec after a race when the car has been hit several times.

  4. Clint is not one of the chosen, as determined by NASCAR.
    If you are one of the chosen, you can put another car into the wall/fence and get a slap on the wrist.
    Get bumped by a wrecker pushing you into the winner’s circle, and you are fined out of contention for the Cup.


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