posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 12:53 PM
NASCAR on Tuesday suspended the crew chiefs for Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in a swift crackdown on cheating committed at Las Vegas
Todd Berrier was suspended for four weeks and fined $25,000 for rigging Harvick's fuel tank to appear full when it actually wasn't during qualifying.
Chad Knaus was suspended for two weeks and fined $35,000 when Johnson's race-winning car failed to meet the minimum height requirement in Sunday's
Alan Gustafson was suspended two weeks and fined $25,000 because Busch's runner-up car was too high in the post-race inspection.
In addition to the suspensions, the drivers were also docked 25 points. Rick Hendrick, the car owner for Johnson and Busch, was docked 50 points -- 25
for each infraction. Richard Childress, the car owner for Harvick, was docked 25 points.
Berrier's suspension was severe because he admitted to intentionally rigging
the 22-gallon tank to appear full when it had just five gallons of
gas in it - thereby allowing the car to go faster. The team was caught because Harvick qualified fourth. If he had been outside of the top five, his
car might not have been checked over following his run.
"If I had to do it again, I'd still play it to try to get away with it, because I know how I got caught,'" Berrier told NASCAR.com.
Nice comment there by Berrier, really showed alot of remorse. :smug:
If I were NASCAR, I'd inspect the heck out of Harvick's car every chance i got after those idiotic comments.
Cheating in sports seems to have become the norm.