JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR has announced a set of officiating revisions to further reinforce its in-race rules and regulations following a week-long review of events that transpired during last Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
NASCAR officials met with drivers, owners and crew chiefs this afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway to address these revisions that will take effect beginning with Sunday’s opening race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The revisions focus on assisting the competitors to understand what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in NASCAR’s sole determination when it comes to officiating teams’ racing during an event. NASCAR will issue a technical bulletin to the teams later this afternoon that outlines these revisions.
“Today’s technical bulletin addresses the subject of team(s) artificially altering the outcome of a race and the level of reaction that this will receive from NASCAR,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. “We reinforced this issue to the teams in our meeting earlier today and conveyed what is considered unacceptable in our officiating of the event.”
Initial officiating revisions that were announced and will take effect Sunday are:
– Spotters only on spotters’ stand (one per team).
– Spotters’ stand limits: Two analog radios, scanners, Fan Views. No digital devices will be allowed on the spotters’ stand.
– Video camera will be installed on spotters’ stand.
Series officials also announced the creation of a new rule – 12-4(l) – which effectively says that all drivers and teams to race at 100 percent of their ability at all times. Any attempts to alter the outcome of a race will result in NASCAR handing out fines and suspensions.
The new rule reads: “NASCAR requires its competitors to race at 100 percent of their ability with the goal of achieving their best possible finishing position in an event. Any competitor who takes action with the intent to artificially alter the finishing positions of the event or encourages, persuades or induces others to artificially alter the finishing position of the event shall be subject to a penalty from NASCAR. Such penalties may include but are limited to disqualification and/or loss of finishing points and/or fines and/or loss of points and/or suspension and/or probation to any and all members of the teams, including any beneficiaries of the prohibited actions. Artificially altered’ shall be defined as actions by any competitor that show or suggest that the competitor did not race at 100 percent of their ability for the purpose of changing finishing positions in the event at NASCAR’s sole discretion.”
“I think we wanted it to be very clear,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “We wanted to reinforce frankly the cornerstone of NASCAR, which is giving your all. That is the cornerstone of any sport. (After) the extent that other factors got in the way of that (at Richmond), we want to make sure we eliminate those factors and deal with it going forward.”