Skip to comments.Waltrip's Crew Chief, Director Suspended (Daytona)
Posted on 02/14/2007 4:22:27 PM PST by STARWISE
Michael Waltrip's crew chief and team director were thrown out of the Daytona 500 and suspended indefinitely Wednesday because an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opening race.
Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in Thursday's races that determine the field for NASCAR's biggest event of the year.
David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out.
NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip's intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a form of jet fuel.
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wanna link this on the Daytona thread?
Just dayum, Mikey.
Uh... what good would jet fuel be? Closer to kerosene than gasoline. Doesn't sound particularly helpful. But I'm just guessin'.
I can't find the jet fuel filler cap on my Camry. The service manager is going to hear about this tomorrow.
|Just a guess.. What a bunch of monkeys... They have the best opportunity imaginable and they CHEAT right out of the box? When you can't drive you cheat, I guess.|
Steroids for NECKCAR.
Not me knowing that. I have a pilot friend from United.
Waltrips statement over here, we've been following this for days.
BTW if you want to join the FReeper Fantasy Nascar League FReepmail me for details. No cheating allowed. LOL
OH What a feeeeling!!
For a change of pace. BACK IN THE DAY..................the good old days. [they cheated then too sometimes]lol
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'Playing with pain?' Neil Bonnett wrote that book in NASCAR
Tom Higgins' Scuffs
By Tom Higgins / ThatsRacin.com Blogger
Neil Bonnett before a 1993 race in Talladega, Ala.
File / The Charlotte ObserverRichard Petty drove several races in the 1970s, including at Alabama's dangerous, ultrafast Talladega Superspeedway, with a broken bone in his neck.
King Richard kept the injury secret from NASCAR officials for fear they would sideline him.
Dale Earnhardt drove very hurt several times, once hiding a painful "'barrel fracture" of the knee from NASCAR lest he be sent to the sideline.
Perhaps most famously, Earnhardt competed at the Watkins Glen road course in New York in 1996 despite a broken shoulder. Although he had to shift gears in the turns, Earnhardt won the pole and finished fifth in the race.
However, probably the greatest "tough man" feat in NASCAR history was accomplished by the late Neil Bonnett early in the 1988 season.
Bonnett, the affable, immensely popular Alabamian, won three straight races while nursing a horrendous leg injury.
Included was a triumph in the Goodyear 500K, an event that opened The Thunderdome, Australia?s first superspeedway, which was located near Melbourne.
Bonnett was hurt when a tire failed on his car in the Oakwood Homes 500 on Oct. 11, 1987 at the track then known as Charlotte Motor Speedway. He slammed savagely into the fourth-turn wall, and his Pontiac continued along, scraping the barrier, to almost the start/finish line.
Bonnett's right hip was broken and his right leg fractured in several places. He essentially was pinned in the wrecked car and it took an emergency crew almost a half-hour to extract him. Bonnett was in such pain that a doctor crawled into the car with him and gave Neil a shot to ease his suffering.
The prognosis was not good.
It initially appeared that Bonnett might even lose the leg, certainly would be crippled for life and his career as a race driver imperiled.
"I came within a whisker of quitting," Bonnett would concede later. "I was hurt so bad there seemed no sense in trying to go on.
"But I got so much support from fans through their letters that I decided to devote myself to trying to come back."
Bonnett began a tough regimen of physical therapy.
Four months later his RahMoc team, owned and led by Bob Rahilly and Butch Mock, entered a Pontiac for him in the season-opening Daytona 500.
"When I went through the tunnel to get to the track at Daytona it was a victory for me," said Bonnett.
Bonnett earned the 14th starting spot at Daytona International Speedway and came on hard to finish fourth, watching as his 'Bama buddies, Bobby and Davey Allison, staged the greatest 1-2 father and son finish in NASCAR history.
It was Valentine's Day, and Bonnett won a lot of hearts with his gutsy performance.
The following Sunday, Bonnett wasn't to be denied in the Pontiac 400 at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. He made up two laps lost because of tire problems, then took the lead with 58 laps to go and got the checkered flag 1.12 seconds ahead of runnerup Ricky Rudd.
The triumph ended a non-winning streak of 16 months for Bonnett.
Almost immediately after the race Bonnett and several other Winston Cup Series drivers were in the air, bound for Australia.
Down Under, the outgoing Bonnett proved a huge hit with adoring Aussie fans.
In the race, he outdueled old pal and mentor Bobby Allison and Dave Marcis for the victory as the three essentially finished with their cars nose-to-tail.
In an infield tent used for the press conference following Victory Lane ceremonies, Bonnett had almost everyone in tears as he told of the travails he'd faced in rallying from injury.
Said one tearful Aussie fan, watching from behind a rope restraining the crowd, "Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt are the Yanks we really want to see, but tonight our hearts belong to Neil Bonnett."
The long flight home took a lot out of all "The Yanks," who went to Australia, but especially Bonnett.
"I felt good initially after getting home on Tuesday," he said. "But Thursday into Friday I had a major sinking spell."
It showed in time trials for the Goodwrench 500, set at N.C. Motor Speedway near Rockingham on March 6.
Bonnett qualified 30th in a field of 41.
However, from the time the green flag showed it was obvious that Bonnett and his team had a potent car that could contend for the win.
On the 122nd of the race?s 492 laps on the 1.07-mile track in the Sandhills he took the lead for the first time. And he stayed near the front the rest of the way.
With 20 laps remaining Bonnett made a daring, close-call pass of leader Lake Speed coming off the fourth turn to take the front for good.
"I wanted to try and pass Lake with 10 laps left," said Bonnett. "But he was strong, and I figured the longer I waited to go around him, the tougher it would be.
"Also, I saw Lake was smoking his tires in trying to put Bill Elliott a lap down. I figured he might have gotten his tires a little hot too handle, so I decided to go around him."
Bonnett, with a steel plate and a lot of screws in his right leg riding along, beat Speed to the checkered flag by 0.62 seconds for a third victory in as many Sundays.
It was the third win for Bonnett at the track nicknamed "The Rock" and the 18th of a career that has led to his induction into several motorsports halls of fame.
A grinning Bonnett left the N.C. Motor Speedway press box with this playful comment:
"I've put fishing on my calendar for the next eight days, so there isn't any sense in anyone trying to reach me."
Sadly, Bonnett was destined never to win again.
On April 1, 1990 a multicar crash in the TranSouth 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway left him with a head injury that caused amnesia for months.
Upon recovery, Bonnett became one of ESPN?s most popular racing commentators ever in the booth.
But he still yearned to drive, and in 1993 mounted a comeback bid.
Neil lost his life at age 43 on Feb. 11, 1994 in a crash while practicing for the Daytona 500.
Bonnett will be remembered forever by those who knew him for his smile and quick wit.
And a revered spot is reserved for him in stock car racing history as the driver whose grit defeated the devastation of his right leg to win three in a row just four months after he was injured.
Was is one of the "200-mpg" carbureators that "big oil" is keeping from coming on the market?????
Thanks for the ping, Star. At this rate, NASCAR will have more crew chiefs on suspension for the Daytona 500 than they have at the racetrack, LOL!
Will never forget meeting Bobby at Mass in Johnson City (after he had retired, Davey was racing) on race weekends. A real gentleman.
Toyota isn't resting on an [Waltrip] apology. Company officials are expected to send a letter out to all Toyota teams next week stating Waltrip's organization has used two of the company's three strikes. The next team that crosses the line will face the loss of the manufacturer's support.
Lee White, the senior vice president for TRD, said TRD worked with NASCAR throughout the process. "I can honestly tell you from an ethics standpoint and integrity, along with character and honesty, those things are paramount in our company," he said. "We hold ourselves to a high standard and we hold our teams to high standards. We hope we've picked the right ones."(ESPN.com)
I thought the Camry's were rice burners? I know they're slow but...
Thanks for the info. Toyota is most definitely not pleased. On NASCAR Live yesterday they said Toyota gives the race teams all their engines for each race, and tells the teams not to modify them. When the race is over Toyota wants the engines back. One big thing Toyota expects to get out of their racing program is the R&D benefits. So monkeying with the fuel is a big deal to Toyota.
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