National Stock Car Racing Commission Statement

On June 25, 2008, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Chad Freeman.  The appeal concerned a penalty issued by NASCAR following pre-race inspection on April 11, 2008 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Ace Speedway during which Mr. Freeman was the crew chief of record for the No. 69 car scheduled to be driven by Junior Miller. 

The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing”; Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules” and Section 12-4-R “Any member failing to surrender to NASCAR any car, car part, component, and/or equipment found during inspection that does not meet applicable NASCAR specifications.”

The penalty assessed against Mr. Freeman was:

  • $1,000.00 fine; suspension from NASCAR for the next four (4) NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events; suspension from NASCAR until September 4, 2008, and probation until December 31, 2008.

During the appeal, the rules violations were not contested.  The team did not surrender the parts in question at the event. 

The Commission feels that significant penalties are warranted in cases where a team fails to surrender parts to NASCAR upon request.

Therefore, it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR.

The Appellant has the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner.

Clay Campbell

Bud Moore

George Silbermann, Chairman


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