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Busch penalised over Daytona infraction

Kurt Busch and the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing team have been penalised over a technical infringement following last weekend's Coke Zero 400.
Kurt Busch has been penalised ten NASCAR Sprint Cup championship points as a result of failing a post-race technical inspection at Daytona International Speedway following the Coke Zero 400 on Sunday.

The #41 Stewart-Haas Racing car was found to be in breach of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 20-12 (l) specific to superspeedway events and relating to a setting on the car's track bar.

Specifically, the regulation states that at all times, the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement between the centre of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the centre of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, must not exceed three inches.

Under NASCAR's new system of classifying the seriousness of rules violation, the breach was determined a P2 level penalty which means that as well as Busch being docked ten driver and owner championship points, crew chief Daniel Knost has been fined $10,000.

There is no change to the results of the Coke Zero 400, in which Busch finished in third place after rain forced a halt to the race after 112 laps, after the race had already been rolled over from Saturday night due to inclement weather.

Busch was in 24th place in the championship standings, and the penalty drops him to 26th place. Busch has to finish in the top 30 after September's Richmond race is he is to make this year's Chase championship play-offs, which he is currently eligible for thanks to his win at Martinsville in March.

With 412 points after the penalty, Busch is still well ahead of David Gilliland who is in 31st place with 256 points.

NASCAR team owners form new business association

Nine of NASCAR's biggest multi-car teams have announced that they are to join together to form a collaborative business association that wil be known as the Race Team Alliance.

Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been elected the first chair of the RTA which aims to engage with stakeholders on creative ways to market and experience the power of the sport's teams and drivers.

"We all have vested interests in the success and popularity of stock car racing," explained Kauffman. "By working together and speaking with a single voice, it should be a simpler and smoother process to work with current and potential groups involved with the sport.

"Whether it be looking for industry-wide travel partners or collaborating on technical issues – the idea is to work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners."

The teams currently involved are Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motor Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.

"We are aware of the alliance concept the team owners have announced, but have very few specifics on its structure or purpose," responded NASCAR Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes. "It is apparently still in development and we're still learning about the details so it would be inappropriate to comment right now.

"NASCAR's mission, as it has always been, is to create a fair playing field where anyone can come and compete," Jewkes added. "Our job is to support and strengthen all of the teams, large and small, across all of our series and we'll continue to do that. NASCAR is a unique community with hundreds of stakeholders. They all have a voice and always will."



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