DGR-Crosley Racing issued its response to a NASCAR penalty Wednesday regarding an unapproved NASCAR K&N Pro Series East test which occurred earlier this month at New Smyrna Speedway.
A NASCAR statement released Wednesday explained the penalty and outlined the punishment adjudicated towards DGR-Crosley Racing for the unapproved test.
“The team was sanctioned for conducting a private test with a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vehicle at New Smyrna Speedway,” NASCAR’s statement reads. “The rule limits testing at a sanctioned track on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. This infraction resulted in a P6 level penalty.
“The penalty carries a three-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East suspension for car owner David Gilliland and driver Ty Gibbs,” the statement continues. “Car chief Chad Walters was suspended indefinitely.
“Gilliland, Gibbs and Walters were also fined $5,000 apiece, and both owner and driver were docked 100 championship points,” the statement also says.
Click here to view the full NASCAR release regarding the penalty.
DGR-Crosley, the winners of last year’s K&N East championship with driver Tyler Ankrum, issued a statement on social media in response later Wednesday, stating the test in question was for the ARCA Racing Series. They will appeal NASCAR’s ruling.
“This afternoon NASCAR made us aware of a penalty they are imposing for actions that occurred during an ARCA Racing Series test at New Smyrna Speedway on January 14,” the DGR Crosley statement reads. “We strongly believe that we did not violate any rules and will therefore appeal the penalty immediately. While the appeals process runs its course, we will move forward and keep our focus on the upcoming season.”
Team statement regarding today’s ruling by NASCAR: pic.twitter.com/PoCL0oeUWE
— DGR-Crosley (@DGR_Crosley) January 30, 2019
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season is scheduled to begin at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday, February 10, as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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