http://www.columbustelegram.com/articles/2007/02/15/sports/sports3waltrip.txtWaltrip's crew chief thrown out for illegal substance
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Daytona 500 is supposed to be a NASCAR celebration. A cheating scandal has made it a mockery.
Five teams have been busted for breaking the rules, including two-time winner Michael Waltrip, who humiliated Toyota by flagrantly violating the code of NASCAR's garage in the Japanese automaker's debut.
Waltrip lost two key crew members Wednesday when NASCAR penalized his team for using a fuel additive in preparations for the Super Bowl of racing. It continued a weeklong crackdown on cheating by a sanctioning body fed up with teams' continued attempts to flout the rule book.
?It's been rough on everybody; we're here to celebrate a race,? said NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton. ?Instead, we're busy dealing with all of this.?
Waltrip's crew chief and team director were suspended indefinitely after a fuel additive was found during inspection. But Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in today's races that determine the field for the 500.
David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000 - the largest fine in NASCAR history. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out.
NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Michael Waltrip waits in the garage as his crew hurries to prepare his backup car at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Wednesday. NASCAR officials confiscated the primary car of the No. 55 Toyota team as a result of rule violations found during pre-and-post qualifying inspections for the Daytona 500.
Apparently 100 points off is is alot:
Can we say RWNDSTERED?