Stewart, Logano each docked 150 points; seven JGR members suspended
Updated: August 20, 2008, 7:32 PM ETBy David Newton | ESPN.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Seven team members of Joe Gibbs Racing have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR after an attempt to distort engine power in a dynamometer test following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway."In this particular case, the rule violation was serious and was attempting to interfere with our ability to conduct an accurate post-race competitive analysis," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "It called for a serious reaction on our part and we think the penalty speaks to that." Tony Stewart, who drove the No. 20 car at Michigan, and Joey Logano in the 18 were docked 150 championship points and placed on probation through the end of this year. Team owner Joe Gibbs also was penalized 150 points on both of the entries. "We want to apologize to NASCAR, all of our partners, all of our families at JGR, and all of our fans for the unfortunate incident that took place this past weekend in Michigan with our two Nationwide teams," Gibbs said in a statement. "A poor decision was made by some key members of our organization, and 100 percent of the blame rests with us." Crew chiefs Jason Ratcliff of the No. 18 and Dave Rogers of the No. 20 have been fined $50,000 each and indefinitely suspended from NASCAR duties, while Dorian Thorsen, engine tuner Michael Johnson and crew member Toby Bigelow of the 18 also were placed on indefinite suspension.