LAS VEGAS – The United States Auto Club has stripped Justin Grant and team owner Bill Michael of two victories earned last week at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in co-sanctioned USAC West Coast and USAC Southwest competition.
“Bill Michael is one of the most respected car owners in USAC. He runs his operation with class, and there is no doubt in my mind that this was unintentional,” stated USAC Western Director Chris Kearns.
The Michael team competed in Las Vegas with an older engine that previously conformed to the rules, but does not meet the latest USAC West Coast and Southwest rules. This engine conformed to early ASCS engine rules that governed the Southwest Series for many years.
Since the conversion to USAC Southwest Sprint Cars in 2013, the Michael team had switched to Roush/Yates ASCS-branded engines that brought them many victories and several USAC championships.
“It is unfortunate for the Michael team because they are such great people, and this is clearly an oversight of rules for the 360 engines and the USAC series that conform to them,” said Kearns.
USAC officials stated that, after its investigation and due diligence, it was clear this was unintentional and there will be no further penalty for the team.
As a result, Dennis Gile will be credited with winning the Feb. 28 West Coast/Southwest event while Brody Roa will be credited with a victory in the March 1 event.