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Long suspended, crew chief fined

Updated: May 20, 2009, 6:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR has suspended driver Carl Long for the next 12 Sprint Cup races and fined crew chief Charles Swing $200,000, the largest penalty in the sport's history.

Swing was also suspended until Aug. 18 for using an engine that was too big for NASCAR's specifications last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"From a competition side, you do not want to be in violation when it comes to engine size," Kerry Tharp, NASCAR director of communications-competition, told ESPN.com. ...

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