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Decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel - Timothy Sliva and Daniel Killius - Window Net Penalty
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a safety penalty issued on May 18, 2023 to crew chiefs Timothy Sliva and Daniel Killius and owners Timothy Viens and William Shea in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.
The penalty concerns the following sections of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 188.8.131.52.1.B.C Driver’s Window Net. The penalties issued were the loss of 25 championship owner points and a $5,000 fine to the crew chief.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellant violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.
In reaching the above decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “Whether the race team knew or did not know the window nets were illegal, according to the NASCAR rule book, each race team is responsible for ensuring that their equipment is both legal and safe.”
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Dale Pinilis
- Ms. Shawna Robinson
- Mr. Kevin Whitaker
Big Machine Racing - Charlotte
A two day delay didn’t get any better for Parker Kligerman and the Spiked Coolers No. 48 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The race was supposed to run Saturday and was moved to Monday morning. After the green flag flew at 11:10 am, it was paused due to more rain and the Coca-Cola 600, until it restarted at 9:45 pm.
The team qualified P20 and was moving up, when fuel pressure issues sent Parker to the garage on lap 97. The crew scrambled and got back in the race with 40 laps to go.
Justin Allgaier picked up his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the year, ahead of John Hunter Nemecheck.
The team heads across the country to Portland, Oregon this week for the Pacific Office Automation 147 on Saturday at 1:30 pm pacific, 4:30 pm eastern. TV coverage is on FS1, hear the radio broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN affiliates nationwide.
RCR NXS Race Recap: Charlotte Motor Speedway
'Little Gator' Breaks Through In Alsco Uniforms 300
Justin Allgaier expertly managed fuel, tires and patience in the final laps of Monday's Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and was rewarded with his and JR Motorsports' first victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
In a race rescheduled from Saturday due to inclement weather – and later moved to after Monday's Coca-Cola 600 due to rain showers – Allgaier led a race-high 84 laps and beat John Hunter Nemechek to the finish line by 7.83 seconds. Cole Custer, Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs rounded out the top five. Gibbs also ran Monday's Coca-Cola 600, finishing 26th after being involved in an accident.
Allgaier stretched his final fuel run long enough to maintain the lead for the final 33 laps without losing focus and letting Nemechek or Custer close in on him.
Allgaier's win was the 20th of his Xfinity Series career.
Parker Retzlaff ended the race in sixth, while Jeb Burton, Carson Hocevar, Brandon Jones and Sammy Smith completed the top 10.
JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 7 JR MOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET (RACE WINNER): “This whole weekend's been kind of a hectic weekend. To stand here tonight, to get a win, it's truly special. To have 20 (Xfinity Series) wins in my career, it's definitely not Kyle Busch-status, but to be in this sport, to be with a team like JR Motorsports and to have an opportunity to do this for a living and go to victory lane for seven straight years, it's truly special. To win on Memorial Day, to be here, is just truly special. The car that we had today, I told the whole No. 7 team I'm so proud of the job they did."
JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK, NO. 20 JOE GIBBS RACING TOYOTA (RUNNER-UP): "Hindsight's 20/20, right? You could've raced (Allgaier) for it (instead of saving fuel), and you could've ran out. We had a goal to make it to the end there. I'm not sure how (Allgaier) made it. We'll go back and look at some things. Still a solid finish for us."
COLE CUSTER, NO. 00 STEWART-HAAS RACING FORD (THIRD-PLACE FINISHER): "It was an interesting race. I felt like we had a really fast car. In the second stage, we really woke the car up. That was the first time this year where we really got it working. That gave us some hope that we can take that to the other places. I was saving as much as I could in that last stage."
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Busch Light Racing: Kevin Harvick St. Louis Advance
Notes of Interest
● Kevin Harvick will make his 805th career NASCAR Cup Series start on Sunday when he takes the green flag for the Enjoy Illinois 300 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. The driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is already one of just 10 drivers in NASCAR’s 75-year history to reach 800 career starts, a milestone Harvick reached April 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. At 805 starts, Harvick will tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for ninth all-time. Harvick is on track to finish the year with 826 career starts, which will put him eighth all-time. He’s part of an impressive lineup that includes Richard Petty (1,185 starts), Ricky Rudd (906), Terry Labonte (890), Dave Marcis (883), Mark Martin (882), Kyle Petty (829), Bill Elliott (828), Darrell Waltrip (809) and Gordon (805). At age 47, Harvick was the fifth-youngest driver to make 800 starts.
● What has Harvick done in his 804 NASCAR Cup Series starts prior to St. Louis?
● He won the 2014 Cup Series championship.
● His 60 point-paying wins ranks 10th all-time.
● His 63 runner-up finishes ranks sixth all-time.
● His 249 top-five finishes ranks ninth all-time.
● His 436 top-10 finishes ranks fifth all-time.
● His 1,277 starts across NASCAR’s top-three series – Cup, Xfinity and Truck – is the most all-time (and 80 more than the next best driver in this category, Joe Nemechek, who has 1,197 starts).
● His 121 wins across NASCAR’s top-three series ranks third all-time.
● Harvick comes into St. Louis on the cusp of 16,000 laps led in his NASCAR Cup Series career. With his 19 laps led on Monday in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Harvick’s career tally is 15,999 laps led across 804 Cup Series starts. He is a single lap away from being one of just 11 drivers who have led 16,000 laps in their career. Harvick has led 11,584 laps since joining SHR in 2014 (72.4 percent).
● The NASCAR Cup Series made its first visit to St. Louis last year with the Enjoy Illinois 300, but it was not Harvick’s first visit to the 1.25-mile oval located just across the Mississippi River in Madison, Illinois. The Bakersfield, California-native first competed at Gateway International Raceway on Sept. 19, 1998 in a NASCAR Truck Series race. A 22-year-old Harvick started 21st and finished 11th in his 39th career Truck Series start. Harvick returned to Gateway a year later for his second Truck Series start at the track, starting 10th and finishing 27th. But it was his third start at Gateway – this time in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car on July 29, 2000 – that proved to be Harvick’s breakthrough moment. In his 21st career Xfinity Series start – and first in an Xfinity Series car at Gateway – Harvick won to score his first Xfinity Series victory, beating Jeff Purvis by 1.338 seconds. Harvick would go on to win two more Xfinity Series races that year en route to a third-place finish in the championship standings. In his return to Gateway the following year, Harvick successfully defended his Xfinity Series win by beating Jason Keller for the victory by .165 of a second. It was his third win of a five-win season that culminated with the 2001 Xfinity Series championship. Harvick won a second Xfinity Series title in 2006 and he has 47 career Xfinity Series wins.
● In all, Harvick made five Xfinity Series starts at Gateway, leading a total of 332 laps and completing all but two of the 1,000 laps available.
● Harvick also has three Truck Series starts at Gateway, with his third and final start on July 17, 2010 being his best. Harvick won the pole and dominated, leading 143 of the race’s 160 laps to beat Brad Keselowski by 5.241 seconds. It was the ninth of his 14 career Truck Series victories.
● Harvick finished 33rd in last year’s Enjoy Illinois 300 after a brake rotor failure on lap 236 jettisoned a likely top-10 result by sending Harvick into the turn three wall.
Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Ford Mustang
You had a good run going last year at Gateway before a broken brake rotor ended your day. Does that performance buoy your expectations leading into this year’s race?
“I think last year is probably fairly consistent with what we need to work on just because of the spoiler size and the type of track that it is. I think the disadvantage for us is just with the aero situation where the Fords, in general, have to be spot on. They’ve done a good job with the cars week in and week out, and we just have to go there with last year’s notes and try to make it a little bit better than what we had and not blow a rotor apart and smash into the wall.”
The first of your 47 career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins came at Gateway on July 29, 2000. You beat Jeff Purvis by 1.338 seconds. What do you remember about that win?
“The thing I remember the most was that week, Richard (Childress, team owner) brought me into his office and told me that we needed to stop crashing cars and that we needed to figure out how to finish races. I think it was the 12th or 13th race of the season and he was tired of tearing stuff up. And then we go out and win that week and I remember what a relief it was to finally get that first one out of the way. We built a team and had our good moments and bad moments – we missed a race at Rockingham (North Carolina). So we had gone through a lot of things at the beginning of that season and, to finally get that first win, it was really the momentum that finally kicked off all the things that happened after that. From that point forward, Gateway was always a great track for me and we’ve had a lot of success there.”
You spent 14 years driving for Richard Childress. What does Richard Childress mean to you?
“Richard and I have always had a great relationship because Richard is just a racer. From the very beginning, Richard has run his business by putting competitive cars on the racetrack, and he’s made a living at it. And when we started our company (Kevin Harvick Incorporated), I mimicked a lot of the things that Richard did because of the fact that he ran it with a budget and was able to keep his cars competitive. Richard really taught me how to race professionally. He taught me to never quit until the checkered flag, even if you were 100 laps down. It was always about finishing races and putting yourself in the best position possible. You may not have the fastest car, but if you can keep yourself in contention to the end, you would be able to have a chance to win races just by kind of grinding them down. We did that a lot, and it’s really transitioned over from the business standpoint – that never-give-up attitude – and just really how to race. And Richard knows everybody, and that’s really who introduced me to everybody in the industry. He was always very adamant about shaking a hand, putting a name with a face, and being in front of people. So there were definitely a lot of lessons learned there.”
You’re very interested in the business side of the sport. Did that stem from Richard Childress too?
“Every time I look back at things, Richard played a role in some way, shape or form. Richard was always very supportive, but he would always tell you when you were crossing the line and when he wasn’t happy with something. He always kept it honest, and I think as we went through the years, the business side was always very much centered on Richard knowing what was going on and how you should and shouldn’t do things. When it was right, he was supportive, and when it was wrong, he was honest and he would tell you, so you always knew where you stood.”
You made a total of five Xfinity Series starts at Gateway, winning two of them. What does it take to be good there?
“Well, it’s two drastically different ends of the racetrack. The thing that we always concentrate on is trying to make our car turn really well to and through the center of the corner on both ends, and being able to do that is difficult at Gateway because the two ends of the track are so different. For the most part, you want to be right next to the curbs and carry as much speed as you can through the center of the corner, and use as much partial throttle until you can get the car rotated enough to be wide open. But you have to get through the center of the corner there.”
You’ve represented Anheuser-Busch since 2011, which means you’ve made a lot of trips to St. Louis over the years. What are some of the experiences you’ve had in that city and what are some of your favorite parts of that town?
“Going to watch the Cardinals’ World Series game with them. I don’t remember which game it was, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had at a sporting event just because of the atmosphere and the way that they support their team there. It was pretty awesome.”
You’re a two-time Busch Series champion too. Did those titles back when Busch was the series sponsor (before Xfinity) send you to St. Louis for some promotional activity?
“I remember going to the brewery and going down into the basement where they first started a lot of the deliveries after Prohibition, and just taking a complete tour of the whole thing was pretty cool.”
Do you have a sense of pride racing in St. Louis knowing your history with the track and with Anheuser-Busch?
“I know it’s an important place for A-B, obviously, being their home. But for me, personally, it’s a cool place because of the history that it has with my first win in the Xfinity Series and everything that goes with that. So, yeah, I’m excited about going there for a number of different reasons.”
Stewart-Haas Racing: NXS Race Report from Charlotte
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Ty Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Ty Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
SHR Race Finish:
● Cole Custer (Started 4th / Finished 3rd, Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
● Riley Herbst (Started 13th / Finished 14th, Running, completed 199 of 200 laps)
● Cole Custer (4th with 403 points, 74 out of first)
● Riley Herbst (9th with 337 points, 140 out of first)
● Custer earned his fifth top-five of the season and his third top-five in six career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte.
● Custer has only finished outside the top-10 at Charlotte once in the Xfinity Series.
● This was Custer’s sixth straight top-10. He finished fifth April 1 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, third April 15 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, fourth April 22 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, seventh April 29 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway, and third May 13 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
● Custer finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points and ninth in Stage 2 to earn two more bonus points.
● Herbst earned his seventh top-15 of the season and his third top-15 in four career Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte.
● Herbst has only finished outside the top-15 once at Charlotte in the Xfinity Series.
● Herbst finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn one bonus point.
● Justin Allgaier won the Alsco Uniforms 300 to score his 20th career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Charlotte. His margin over second-place John Hunter Nemechek was 7.829 seconds.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 31 laps.
● Only seven of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● Nemechek leaves Charlotte as the championship leader with a 10-point advantage over second-place Austin Hill.
“Proud of this No. 00 Haas Automation team. I feel like we really woke the car up in the second stage. That was the first time this year where we really got it working like that. It gives us a lot of hope because I think we can take that and apply it to other places. That last stage, I was honestly just saving as hard as I could. I don’t think I had anything for the No. 20 or the No. 7, so I just wanted to save more than they could. Looking back, we probably saved a little too much since they were also able to make it. That’s the first time I’ve ever had to save like that, so I’ll be interested to see what we end up with in the fuel tank so I know for next time what I can save and what we can get away with. It was fun and definitely a different kind of racing for me.” – Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 3D Systems Ford Mustang
“That was a tough final stage. We were a top-10 car for sure, but a couple of incidents put us back in the pack and a lap down. We were able to play the fuel game a little bit to get back up into the top-15, but we had a really fast No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang all day. Hopefully, this is a sign of our luck turning around a little bit. We’ll go to Portland and try to get a good run there." – Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Portland 147 on Saturday, June 3 at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway. The race begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Zane Smith and the No. 38 ARRMA Ford F-150 Team World Wide Technology Raceway Competition Notes
Ryan Blaney Takes Home First Coca-Cola 600 Victory
Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Fr8Auctions.com Ford Team World Wide Technology Raceway Competition Notes
Kaulig Racing Post-Race Report | Charlotte Motor Speedway
AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Camaro ZL1
“Our No. 16 Action Industries Chevy showed improvements from the last couple weeks, but we still need a little bit more. Our pit crew was on it today and gained us spots on pit road when we needed it. I thought we could make something happen there, but after spinning with 30 or so laps to go, I’m happy we were able to fight back to get a top-15 finish at the end of the day.”
- AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Camaro ZL1
"We fired off tight today, but the No. 31 team made some great adjustments and had good pit stops. We made it as high as eighth and thought we would get a top 10 there but just got shuffled at the end. A top 15 is not a bad day, but our car was by far the best car we’ve had all year. We made some major gains today as a team."
- Justin Haley
Alsco Uniforms 300
Chandler Smith, No. 16 Quick Tie Products Chevrolet
"I’m frustrated with where we ended up after the day started out positively. We had a good racecar, but unfortunately, the caution fell in a weird spot and we weren’t getting the best fuel mileage. We definitely had a top-10 car, and I felt like a top five was a realistic result. That’s just how it goes sometimes."
- Chandler Smith
Daniel Hemric, No. 11 Cirkul Chevrolet
“It was a tough home outing for us. That was one of the better Kaulig Racing Cirkul Chevrolets we have had all year, which is encouraging. We still have a lot of work to do but I'm proud of the effort from this team. We win together and lose together, and that is big time auto racing. I appreciate the effort and look forward to doing some road course racing the next two weeks.”
- Daniel Hemric
Kaulig Racing PR