May 15, 2007
PENALTY: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized 100 points Tuesday, and his crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., was fined $100,000 and suspended for six races for an illegal part at Darlington Raceway.
According to NASCAR, the No. 8 team was found to have violated Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules), and 20-3.1.3B (the NASCAR-approved upper and lower rear wing mounting brackets must not be modified to obtain a rear-wing angle of less than zero degrees or more than 16 degrees) of the 2007 NASCAR rule book.
Eury Jr.'s suspension begins immediately and would include this weekend's Nextel All-Star Challenge and the next six points events, but if DEI appeals he'll be allowed to work until the appeal is heard. If he does ultimately miss races, car chief Tony Gibson will replace him on top of the pit box.
The penalty knocked Earnhardt from 12th in the standings -- the final qualifying position for the Chase for the Nextel Cup -- to 14th. He's now 721 points behind points leader Jeff Gordon, and 54 points out of Chase contention.
May 12, 2007
Mother's Day for NASCAR families will be delayed as rain postponed Saturday night's Dodge Avenger 500 until Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. FOX will carry the television broadcast.
After waiting nearly two hours for the storm to clear, NASCAR officials announced the race would be postponed.
The last time a Cup Series race was held on Mother's Day was 1986 in the All-Star event held in Atlanta.
This is the second consecutive weekend the Nextel Cup race has been postponed on account of rain, as last week's Richmond race was delayed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.