Daytona 500

Chad Knaus Talks about NASCAR Imposed Penalty

It was his first time to meet the press and talk about NASCAR penalties him and his team received from the sanctioning body. Earlier NASCAR imposed penalty on his team for illegally modified car.
Knaus said that he is saddened by the penalty since he and his team worked hard in preparation for the Daytona 500 and would not hide his indignation over the imposed penalty and wished that NASCAR could have assess the violation in more acceptable terms. 
Knaus team merited a six-week suspension each after NASCAR found the C-post of the car was illegally modified. The penalty carries a fine of $100,000 for knaus and slashed with 25 driver points and 25 owner points. The sanction came at a day before to running Bud-shootout non point events and exactly nine days before the much awaited running Daytona 500 and have busted the high hopes of the team for getting on the tracks. Knaus and his team is not happy and was surprised when the sanction came sending them in high emotions.
But, with recent NASCAR change of policy, Knaus is availing the possibility to go on appeals and find NASCAR being open to it makes them optimistic enough to get the results on their favor. Knaus admitted that in the past, NASCAR has changed, reversed or maximized the penalty they have imposed and just hope the best possible will happen to him and his team.

In the past, Knaus has been penalized nine times by NASCAR and had clashes with the sanctioning body in the interpretation of some of its rules. Knaus credentials include five Sprint Cup Championships with Johnson and a well-respected 11-year career as crew chief. He is lucky to win one appeal case with NASCAR and hope his luck will double this time.

Knaus airs his side about the violation although they’re planning to make an appeal. He said that questioned templates were all visual and in fact has never gotten to be presented to the car. That’s what he and his team is appealing of.
Knaus continues to say that he never expected anything of it. He and his team work hard to come out with a champion car and race it on the track. The sad thing is NASCAR saw something they didn’t like and he and his team just got penalized.
While Knaus is yet to make an appeal, Johnson, Chad Knaus co-leader and driver said that what’s important is what will happen in Phoenix and had put aside the Daytona fiasco.

NASCAR Headlines and Rankings

In the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards leads at the Daytona International Speedway as of February 26. Edwards has a speed of 194.738, while Greg Biffle is at the second spot with a speed of 194.087.  Last year’s overall champion Tony Stewart is currently at number 3 with a speed of 193.607. On the other hand, Stewart won the season opening of Daytona 500 race. He also won 4 times straight in February Nationwide, Gatorade Dual, Coke Zero 400, and the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Stewart has been picked by most fans to be this season’s winner. The Daytona International Speedway has a length of 200 miles with 200 laps.
Earlier this week, the heated Duel caused some conflicts in the event’s aftermath. Due to the hot engine temperatures, the performances of the racers have been affected significantly. Despite of the widespread complaints, NASCAR has no plans of any changes in terms of the car’s cooling system. They said that the water temperatures are taken care of by the race drivers themselves. Many drivers suffered from hot temperature issues including Martin Truex Jr. Martin was very frustrated as he ended at number 13 behind Matt Kenseth. As a result, Biffle and Edwards grabs the top positions in the front-row qualifying series.
In the Nationwide Series, Danica Patrick becomes the 2nd female to begin from the pole position in the history of the national series.  Patrick won the 2.5-mile track at the 300 Nationwide Series race. After her devastating crash at DIA Gatorade Duel race, she successfully made a comeback and won the pole for Drive4COPD 300. She was able to endure the tremendous crash and now she rises above the others. In 1994, Shawna Robinson became the first female driver to start on the pole in Atlanta. After almost 2 decades, Patrick turned out to be the first female who won the top 3 national series in NASCAR. Meanwhile, Trevor Bayne is currently at the second spot and Elliot Sadler grabs the third place of the Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was last year’s overall champion in the Nationwide Series.
In the Camping World Truck Series, John King holds the number 1 spot in the current ranking. Timothy Peters is at number 2, while Justin Lofton is on the third spot. As of today, the rookie John King gained 3 overall victories. The most recent win is at the DIA for NextEra Energy Resources 250. On the other hand, King attempted 3 times to win the Camping World Truck Series. The unexpected victory is certainly a shocker according to King and some fans as well.