DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 24, 2013) – NASCAR announced today penalties and fines to the No. 98 ThorSport Racing team that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, due to rule infractions at Kansas Speedway. As a result, Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 truck and winner of two races this season, falls out of the series points lead.
Sauter's No. 98 truck was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (if in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, race equipment that has been previously verified or previously approved and/or sealed by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-6 and/or 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired, or changed in any manner); 20B-16 (once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified, modifications of any kind will not be permitted to the fuel cell or fuel cell components); and 20B-16.1B (standard black, safety foam with minimum free-standing height of eight (8) inches, acceptable to NASCAR Officials, and used as provided by an approved fuel cell manufacturer, must be used: Fuel cell safety foam modification) of the 2013 rule book.
As a result of this violation, crew chief Joel Shear has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR competition until the completion of the next four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. He has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Sauter was also docked 25 championship driver points and team owner Mike Curb was docked 25 championship owner points. As a result of the points penalty, Sauter, who won the Daytona and Martinsville races, drops from series points leader to second place, behind ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton.
The violations involving the No. 98 truck occurred in opening day inspection.