Even before the first green flag of the season has been flown, NASCAR is cracking down on teams with the first suspension of 2019 already handed out. DGR-Crosley Racing was the unlucky recipient, in relation to their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East program.
DGR-Crosley Racing was found in violation of section 12-220.127.116.11.5 of the NASCAR rulebook, which pertains to the series’ testing policy. According to the sanctioning body, the team conducted a private test with a NASCAR K&N Pro Series vehicle at a sanctioned track on the 2019 K&N Pro East Series Schedule, specifically New Smyrna Speedway.
The rule states that “private race vehicle testing by any NASCAR K&N Pro Series race team, contractor, affiliate, associate, subsidiary, or surrogate at any facility that appears on the Series schedule or that has been granted a Touring Series sanction will be prohibited regardless of rookie or veteran status.”
As a result, car owner David Gilliland and driver Ty Gibbs were both fined $5,000, and suspended from the first three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events; they were also assessed a 100 driver and owner point penalty. Additionally, car chief Chad Walters was fined $5,000 and suspended indefinitely.
DGR-Crosley Racing has stated that they will appeal the penalty.
“This afternoon, NASCAR made us aware of a penalty they are imposing for actions that occurred during an ARCA Racing Series test at New Smyrna Speedway on January 14,” the team statement reads. “We strongly believe that we did not violate any rules and will therefore appeal the penalty immediately. While the appeals process runs its course, we will move forward and keep our focus on the upcoming season.”
Later in the afternoon, a NASCAR spokesperson released a statement in regards to why the penalty was given.
Per a NASCAR spokesman, the sanctioning body found a NASCAR K&N Pro Series engine in the DGR-Crosley ARCA car at New Smyrna and they have photos of the infraction.
Thus, the penalty.
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) January 30, 2019
Notably, NASCAR owns both the K&N Pro Series and ARCA, but agreed to continue to run ARCA independently through 2020.
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