Below is a statement from North-South Shootout officials regarding the penalties handed down during and following Sunday’s 125-lap Tour-Type Modified feature event at Concord Speedway (NC):
As a result of unapproved work performed under a lap 116 red flag Sunday during the 13th Annual North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway, five drivers were assessed penalties.
Race control officials discussed penalties to be assessed on the ensuing restart once the red flag was rescinded.
Officials communicated penalties to 9 of Jimmy Zacharias and the 3 of Jimmy Blewett that were served on the restart. Both drivers restarted from the rear of the field.
Other drivers did not serve penalties due to a communication issue between race control officials and the teams. Race control failed to move the following cars to the rear once the field approached the green flag following the red flag period for the stated unapproved work.
– 60 – Matt Hirschman (leader) – Plugging of a tire
– 07 – Patrick Emerling – Placing car on stagger boards
– 15 – Bobby Santos III – Jacking car up
After multiple hours of conversation with competitors, event promoter Darren Hackett made the decision to uphold the penalties deemed necessary by race control and moved the three cars (Hirschman, Emerling and Santos) to the tail end of the lead lap. Due to the penalty to the unofficial winner Hirschman, the win was officially awarded to the 51 of Justin Bonsignore.
While this situation certainly is not ideal for the competitors or for the event, penalties and their assessments needed to be handled with integrity in order to uphold the fairness of competition for all drivers participating in the North-South Shootout.