Brandon Jones and Turner Scott Motorsports, winners of Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway (IN), have been penalized following post-race technical inspection. ARCA Racing Series officials penalized Jones and TSM for violating ARCA Rulebook Page 32, 21B, which states that “the upper and lower coil spring mounts must support the front coil springs for a minimum of 270 degrees of each coil spring mount.”
Steve Turner, the owner of Turner Scott Motorsports has been fined $3,000 and penalized with the loss of 100 championship owner points. Driver of the No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports ride, Brandon Jones, has also been penalized 100 championship driver points as a result of the infraction.
Sunday’s race at Winchester was Jones’ first career ARCA Racing Series start. The 17-year-old driver has also made starts for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Camping World Truck Series.
Prior to the penalty being handed down by ARCA Racing Series officials, Jones won the race on Sunday afternoon with a controversial last lap pass on Mason Mitchell. Jones powered to the inside of Mitchell on the final lap in turn three and the two drivers made contact as they exited turn four forcing Mitchell up the race track.
Mitchell was upset about the way Jones raced him for the win, but looked at everything that happened on Sunday as a huge positive for his race team.
“It is what it is,” Mitchell told Speed51.com when asked for his thoughts on the penalty handed down to Jones and Turner Scott Motorsports. “I”m kind of just letting it go. Like I told my guys once we found that out, we took it as a huge positive. Making people go to those levels of violating rules and damaging racecars to beat us, it makes us a little bit more proud to know that teams go that extreme to beat us.”
Although he understands it’s basic protocol for ARCA to hand out penalties that include fines and the loss of championship points, Mitchell doesn’t believe it to be a penalty that really effects the No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports team for the violation that they committed.
“It is a penalty for them, but it doesn’t matter much to them because they’re not running for the championship or anything,” said Mitchell. “The money doesn’t really matter with those guys over there. It would hurt my team pretty badly, but it is what it is. I wish that there was a little bit better of a pre-race inspection process to make sure people were legal before the race, but I applaud ARCA for doing what they’re doing.”
Speed51.com reached out to Turner Scott Motorsports for comment, but they were unable to comment at the time of publication.
By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51.
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