Carburetor violation deemed 'blatant'


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The National Stock Car Racing
Commission has denied the appeals of team owner James Finch, driver
Johnny Sauter and crew chief Joel Shear for having an illegal

The infraction was discovered after the NASCAR Busch series race
April 16 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The car, which finished 14th, was disqualified, and Finch and
Sauter were docked all of their points for that event. Shear was
suspended for four races and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

In their appeal, the trio contended the carburetor had been
previously presented to and approved by NASCAR officials and that
the penalties were too severe.

The three-man commission, headed by chairman George Silbermann,
called the violation "blatant" and upheld the original penalties as well as adding a $25,000 fine for Finch.