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NASCAR Fines Eight Crew Chiefs

July 11, 2002

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Seven crew chiefs from Winston Cup, including Chad Knaus on top rookie Jimmie Johnson’s team, were fined Wednesday by NASCAR.

Another crew chief from the Busch Series also was fined for infractions discovered during last weekend’s races at Daytona International Speedway.

Knaus was fined $25,000 and his No. 25 Hendrick Racing Team was penalized 25 championship points and 25 owner points.

Johnson remains third in the standings, but fell to 139 points behind leader Sterling Marlin and just five ahead of Rusty Wallace.

NASCAR said the penalties were for ``Actions detrimental to stock car racing: offset mounting bolts for the front of the truck trailing arms.″

Scott Eggleston, crew chief for Mike Wallace, and Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for Bobby Hamilton, were both fined $500 for using underpans.

Newt Moore, crew chief for Kenny Schrader; James Ince, crew chief for Johnny Benson; and Lee McCall, crew chief for Marlin, all received $500 fines for unapproved jacking bolts.

Chris Carrier, crew chief for Mike Skinner, also was fined $500 for using magnetic rear axle heating pads.

In the Busch Series, Jason Ratcliff, crew chief for Ashton Lewis Jr., was fined $2,000 for an unapproved rear spring.

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