NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action kicked off in the Carolina’s this past weekend with two exciting, extended distance Late Model Stock Car features at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) and Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Although the action on the track was hot, the night was just getting started as the feature winners pulled into post-race technical inspection at each facility.
As Speed51.com first reported on Saturday night, RD Smith, who captured the checkered flag on the track in the 100-lap LMSC feature, was stripped of his win in post-race technical inspection for a shock-related infraction.
Over 100 miles southwest of Hickory Motor Speedway, at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a similar situation occurred in post-race tech.
As first reported on Race22.com, Dalton Sargeant, driving for former NWAAS champion Lee Pulliam, was disqualified from his feature win for a shock-related infraction. The winner of the second race that night, Kenneth Headen, as well as Trey Gibson were also disqualified for the same infraction involving the rebound of the shocks.
Monday, Pulliam reported on Twitter that he had filed an appeal to NASCAR contesting Greenville Pickens’ decision to disqualify his driver on Saturday night.
Thursday afternoon, NASCAR competition officials released a statement to Speed51.com clarifying their involvement in the NWAAS program, specifically their involvement in any sort of penalty decisions handed down by NWAAS track operators such as Greenville Pickens Speedway’s Anthony Anders and Hickory Motor Speedway’s Kevin Piercy.
Statement from NASCAR:
“NASCAR sanctions the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (“NWAAS”) tracks that feature weekly programs. In a consultative role, NASCAR provides various competition-related resources to all NWAAS track operators, including a proposed rulebook to help maintain the orderly conduct of an event at a sanctioned facility. All tracks have the option of utilizing some or all of NASCAR’s proposed rules and/or publishing and enacting their own rules developed by their local Race and/or Competition Director. Tracks may consult with NASCAR when issuing a track penalty, but NASCAR approval of a track penalty is not required. While a track may also request that NASCAR issue a penalty, and NASCAR maintains full authority to do so against any NASCAR Member in its discretion, NASCAR encourages each NWAAS track operator to administer the enforcement of all applicable rules and related penalties independently, especially with respect to issues arising out of technical inspection or other incidents occurring at-track. Penalties handed down by a NWAAS track are not eligible for appeal with NASCAR or the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Competition Administrator. Any penalty decision by a NWAAS track operator is considered final by NASCAR.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51