• Feb 16th 2007 at 11:54AM
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After Jeff Gordon won Thursday's second qualifying race in Daytona, his car failed a post-race inspection for riding too low. While NASCAR officials are not accusing Gordon or his team of cheating, it will cost him. Instead of starting Saturday's race in 4th position, Gordon will fight his way through 41 other cars if he wants to take the lead.
Autoweek quotes NASCAR vice-president of competition Robin Pemberton as saying, "The bolt on the shock fastener and the shock bracket itself were misaligned. It was unintentional because it would have been unsafe to intentionally build it like that. Give or take, it was about an inch too low. My experience through the years tells me this was unintentional. It would have taken different parts and pieces to do it intentionally."

Inspectors also found that the cars of Jimmie Johnson and, uh oh, Michael Waltrip measured lower than the allowed height after the race, but officials chalked up their infractions to damage suffered during the event.

At the end of Autoweek's article, they have some fun with this week's Daytona scandals, joking that the newest NASCAR official is Judge Judy and NASCAR's theme song is now "Your Cheating Part."

Sunday's race begins at 2 p.m.

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      So how come Jr. gets fined for cheating and Jeff Gordon they say was unintentional...they suck....
      • 8 Years Ago
      why does he get to keep the win. #24 and #48 cheats all the time and get away with it...i think i'll just stick with champ car...screw nascar!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe no. 10 additionally has head up his a-- issues. A wheel bearing failure put him into the wall.
      Of course, if you consider NASCAR to be "real racing" then ... .
      • 8 Years Ago
      1 inch? NASCAR sucks!
      • 8 Years Ago
      NASCAR is racing???
      • 7 Years Ago
      chevy is not made in canada you retards its an american made company you guys are retarted
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once again a slap on the wrist for the Hendrick Mafia. It was just last year that NASCAR went light on James Johnson for having a window that was cheating the rules and he paid nothing for the transgression (though his wimpy little pimple of a man crew chief got a four week vacation).

      It is absolutely reprehensible the incongruity and dichotomy of the treatment of the rest of NASCAR and the Hendrick mafia. Just this week drivers were penalized for actions of their crew chiefs and Jeffie Gordon gets no penalty whatsoever (going to the back is not a penalty at Daytona).

      Once again this shows why NASCAR is a joke and not a sport. Mike Helter Skelton and the France child have transformed NASCAR into a circus on wheels without the entertainment value!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wah wah
      • 8 Years Ago
      >> Boy, Chevy is a cheater, they should be banned from NASCAR and kicked out of the US (oh wait they are built in Canada)


      +50 points for you. That was awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy, Chevy is a cheater, they should be banned from NASCAR and kicked out of the US (oh wait they are built in Canada)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, people complained that Autoblog didn’t report on the Michael Waltrip thing fast enough, not people are bitching when they post something right away. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, I guess.

      And, if a car and drop an inch because something wasn’t installed properly: these teams either need to build more robust cars for fire the people putting them together and inspecting them before a run. People lives are at stake here, and not just the drivers and crew.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that really the best picture you could find?
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