Cars were confiscated at Bristol

Updated: April 20, 2004, 6:51 PM ET
Associated Press

Jamie McMurray
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray and Larry Foyt were docked 25 points apiece Tuesday by NASCAR for bringing cars to Bristol Motor Speedway that did not meet specifications.

The cars were confiscated March 26 during a pre-event inspection and have been held by NASCAR at its research and development facility in Concord, N.C.

"The process of gathering data from the two cars we confiscated has been completed," said Nextel Cup series director John Darby. "In addition to collecting the data we needed, we have been able to refine the overall process so that we have the ability to react very quickly to this type of situation in the future, specifically if this should occur in the final 10 races."

Under NASCAR's new scoring system, only drivers in the top 10 in points or within 400 points of the leader with 10 races remaining in the 36-race season will be eligible to compete for the championship.

McMurray's Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge was confiscated because its rear window opening exceeded the prescribed diagonal specification. Foyt's Dodge, owned by father A.J., was taken by NASCAR when its roof did not fit the car templates.

With the loss of points, McMurray, last year's top Cup rookie, drops from 13th to 14th in the driver standings, trailing leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 228 points. Ganassi, who also lost car-owner points, fell to 14th in that category.

Larry Foyt, who has run only a partial schedule this season, dropped from 40th to 44th in the standings with 194 points. The Foyt team is now 46th in car owner points.

In addition, the crew chiefs for the cars, Ganassi's Donnie Wingo and Foyt's Keith Koppenal, were placed on probation until Dec. 31.

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