Historic penalties issued after illegal tires found

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 27:  Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 27: Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

NASCAR issued historic penalties Tuesday to Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Sprint Cup team with driver Ryan Newman after finding altered tires used in a race March 22 in Fontana, California. Driver Newman was docked 75 driver points and car owner Richard Childress  75 owner points. The penalty drops Newman from sixth to 27th in the series standings.

Luke Lambert, crew chief for Newman,  was fined $125,000 and suspended from the next six Cup races plus any non-points races during that span. He’s also been placed on probation through December 31/. In addition, James Bender, the team’s tire technician, and Philip Surgen, a team engineer, have been suspended from the next six races, including any non-points events during that time and placed on probation through December 31.

“NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer in an emailed statement announcing the penalties.“We’ve been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated.” MORE>>>

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