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         NASCAR NEWS - Thursday, February 21, 2008
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R. Gordon loses 100 points, crew chief suspended
By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR on Wednesday issued penalties
and fines to the No. 7 team that competes in the Sprint Cup
Series, as a result of rule infractions found during Speed-
weeks at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 7 car, driven and owned by Robby Gordon, was found
to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental
to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components
and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and
20-3.10A (unapproved front bumper cover) of the 2008 NASCAR
rule book. The violations were found during opening day
inspection for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 8.

As a result, Gordon has been penalized 100 championship
driver and owner points.

Crew chief Frank Kerr has been fined $100,000, suspended
for the next six Sprint Cup Series events until April 9
and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2008.

Gordon finished ninth in the season-opening Daytona 500.
With the penalty, he drops to 40th in points with 42 --
one behind John Andretti and two ahead of Joe Nemechek.

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Martin preparing to make 700th Cup start at Fontana
Will be only 13th NASCAR driver to reach milestone
By Team Release

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Mark Martin will make his 700th career
Cup Series start this weekend when the green flag drops at
California Speedway, becoming only the 13th driver in
NASCAR history to reach the milestone.

The Principal Financial Group will serve as the sponsor of
the No. 8 Chevrolet and will feature a paint scheme that
showcases a special 700th-start logo in tribute to Martin's
accomplishments.

"It's not really how many races you started that matters,
it's how fast you went in those races that people
remember," joked Martin when asked about the accomplish-
ment. "But really it says a lot about all the people that
have worked on all those cars for all these years. I have
to thank each and every crew chief and each and every crew
guy that played a part in everything we were able to do
over the past 20 plus seasons."

Martin started his first Cup race on April 5, 1981, at
North Wilkesboro Speedway; he started fifth and finished
27th. Heading into Sunday's event, Martin has started 699
Cup races, with 35 wins, 239 top-five finishes and 385
top-10s.

In addition, he made 621 consecutive starts from 1988 to
2007 before walking away from full-time Cup racing with
the points lead in hand following the race at Atlanta in
March 2007.

"I really don't read that much into numbers," Martin said.
"But it does mean there are a lot of things to be thankful
for. I've been able to stay in good health and I've had
good cars and was always able to make the race."

During pre-race ceremonies at California Speedway, the
Principal Financial Group and Dale Earnhardt Inc. will
present Martin with a commemorative green flag emblazoned
with the same 700th start logo that will appear on DEI's
No. 8 Chevrolet. Following the race, the flag will be
signed by Martin and auctioned on e-bay with proceeds
benefitting the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

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Junior dinged 50 points after Daytona infraction
No. 5 crew chief fined $25K, suspended for the six races
By Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR announced on Wednesday that 
seven of its teams in the Nationwide Series have been 
penalized due to rule violations during Speedweeks at 
Daytona International Speedway. 

The No. 5 car was found to be in violation of Sections 
12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q 
(car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that 
do not conform to NASCAR rules); 20A-3.1.1E (1) (the 
rear ends of the spoiler did not meet the specified 
height); and 20A-3.12.1A (altered rear spoiler after 
passing template inspection to enhance aerodynamic 
performance) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violation 
occurred following practice on Feb. 14. 

Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been penalized with the 
loss of 50 championship driver points, while car owner 
Rick Hendrick has been penalized 50 championship owner 
points. 

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Crew chief Chad Walter has been fined $25,000 and suspended 
for the next six Nationwide Series events until April 9 and 
placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2008. 

The No. 0, No. 1, No. 14, No. 64, and No. 77 cars were all 
found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A; 12-4-Q; and 
20A-8.4C (the oil reservoir tank cover was not fastened 
securely). These violations were discovered during post-
qualifying inspection on Feb. 15. 

Each of the cars' respective drivers and owners -- Kertus 
Davis/Johnny Davis for the No. 0; Johnny Sauter/James Finch 
for the No. 1; David Gilliland/Carl Haas for the No. 14; 
David Stremme/Ed Rensi for the No. 64; and Cale Gale/ 
DeLana Harvick for the No. 77 have been penalized with 
the loss of 25 driver and owner championship points. 

Crew chiefs Gene Allnutt (No. 0); Jon Wolfe (No. 1); Bob 
Edwards (No. 14); Steve Darne (No. 64); and Charlie Wilson 
(No. 77) have each been fined $15,000 and suspended for the 
next six Nationwide Series events until April 9 and placed 
on probation until Dec. 31, 2008. 

Additionally, Jerry Baxter, crew chief for the No. 99 car 
received a $5,000 fine and was placed on probation until 
July 9 for violating Sections 12-4-A, 12-4-Q and 20A-
5.10.1B(3) (carburetor venturies exceeded the specified 
size). This infraction took place during opening day 
inspection on Feb. 12. 

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