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Best summary paragraph from a very good article on the fallout for Carl as the 2010 season started:
"Last year's deal" involved a crippling penalty that still puzzles most in the NASCAR garage. Bringing his self-owned No. 46 to an exhibition race, the All-Star Showdown, Long's car cooked an engine and headed to the garage by Lap 3. But during a random teardown in postrace inspection, NASCAR discovered that its motor exceeded size limits by .17 cubic inches. Considering the circumstances of the rules violation (it was an exhibition event involving an underfunded, part-time team) most expected a simple fine and probation.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/tom_bowles/01/28/carl.long/index.html#ixzz1Lo5Cy4Tb
Tom, thats a great question and we talked about today on the show. Nascar took the #78 back to the R&D center as courtesy to the team. Nascar looks at all the winning cars.They tear down the engine and check the specs. Most of the time teams are able to drop off the winning car at the R&D center on the way back to NC. Right after the the car is pushed from Victory Circle, Nascar officials put tags on the engine much like the one the power company uses on the meter outside your home. If the tag is tampered with the team admits violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR Officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules). this happen all the time, just something that's not talked about much. If Nascar thought there was a problem, we would all know about it by now.
Thanks for the question
He ran three laps of the Sprint Showdown, the preliminary race to the All-Star Race - he dropped out, ironically because of an engine problem. So, he competed in the race, and his car was taken for post-race inspection.
You can read the chronology here:
And see him listed as the 35th-place finisher here:
Ah - I thought it was the winner's car and then one chosen randomly - but, your way would explain why they took Carl Long's car, Wally.
I actually thought that somehow, Carl had drawn the "random car" slot.
looked to me on NASCAR Victory Lane at the very end of the show the 78 crew was teaering down the car to load it on the hauler-if NASCAR confiscates it, the crew doesn't get to touch it at all.....goes straight from inspection to NASCAR's truck.
You & I remember pretty much the same thing, Dave.
Worse, for his engine being .17 cubic inch over the NASCAR limit (I thought it was due to heat expansion), he was also suspended from his day-job as a spotter, so he had a $200,000.oo fine to pay, and essentially had lost his job, as well. The following article is pretty good.
This whole thing still makes me sick!
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Yes, they have in the past, Wally.
In fact, I thought that it is standard that the winning car is inspected, so I wondered what was different about this.
I was trying to recall how Carl Long's car was inspected, leading to that horrible travesty of a penalty, and found this:
"After all, the sport does make a regular habit of randomly selecting cars to tear down in post-race inspection. It’s just … they usually choose the winner, not a small privateer...."
I was wondering what wasn't routine about this one.
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