CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An appeals committee on Wednesday upheld
the penalty that was levied against Carl Edwards and his Roush
Fenway Racing team when his race-winning car failed inspection at
Edwards' car did not meet minimum height requirements, and
NASCAR docked him 25 points. Crew chief Bob Osborne was fined
$25,000 and car owner Jack Roush was docked 25 car owner points.
Roush Fenway Racing appealed, claiming a jack bolt failed and
caused the car to be too low. They argued that the car being low
hurt performance, and that 25 points was too steep a penalty during
the Chase for the championship.
The National Stock Car Racing Commission said it considered that
there was no indication the infraction was intentional, but that
the car failed to meet post-race height requirements and "whether
this constituted an advantage, disadvantage or otherwise does not
alter the fact that the car failed to meet the rules."
The three-member panel also rejected the assertion that drivers
in the Chase should have a different penalty structure than those
not in the championship playoff.
"All eligible competitors in each NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
championship race are awarded championship points per the NASCAR
Rule Book," the committee said in a statement.
"Accordingly, point penalties should continue to be assessed
irrespective of a given competitor's overall standing in the
championship points, or in which championship race an infraction