PITTSBURGH – The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) has formally declined Jimmy Owens request to appeal his teams disqualification from the race event held on April 13 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.
The decision to disqualify any competitor is not an easy one, or taken lightly by NDRL officials. In fact, the NDRL gave Jimmy Owens submitted tire samples every opportunity to pass rigorous laboratory testing, all of which failed to conform with the manufacturers submitted benchmarks.
Pursuant to the rules which govern NDRL’s appeal process, the Chairman of the Appellate Board declined the request to appeal the lab and NDRL official findings due to the lack of merit. The NDRL rulebook states “There can only be a full-evidentiary factual hearing of the appeal before the Appellate Board (“Board”) if its Chairman (“Chairman”), in his sole discretion, first determines that the appeal is arguably meritorious.”
The facts are clear; the Owens Team competed in the referenced NDRL event with full knowledge of all rules in effect, including those which governed tires. Upon completion of the event, the Owens Team submitted samples of the tires used in competition (including serial numbers) into sealed evidence tubes, which were then placed into a sealed evidence bag. A member of the Owens Team participated in this process and signed the sealed evidence bag as witness.
The evidence bag was then sent to a reputable lab that routinely conducts testing of race tires for conformance with manufacturer’s benchmarks. The lab documented, opened the evidence bag and completed testing of the tire samples submitted by the Owens Team for conformance with the manufacturers (Hoosier Racing Tire) submitted benchmarks. The samples in question were not in conformance with said manufacturer’s submitted benchmarks.