May 28, 2009
NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 7 team that competes in the Sprint Cup Series as a result of rules violations committed at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday.
The No. 7 car, driven and owned by Robby Gordon, was found to have axle housing exceeding the maximum specified toe. The violation was found during post-race inspection on May 25.
As a result, Gordon has been penalized with the loss of 50 championship owner and 50 championship driver points. Crew chief Kirk Almquist has been fined $50,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.
May 25, 2009
CONCORD, N.C. -- David Reutimann was the big winner in NASCAR's losing battle against Mother Nature in Monday's rain-shortened 24 Hours of the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. It was the first win for Michael Waltrip Racing in shortest 600 ever
Nearly 25 hours after the 50th edition of the race was supposed to start, and with menacing storm cells dotting the radar, NASCAR called the event after 227 of a scheduled 400 laps. That made a first-time winner of Reutimann, who parlayed a strategic call by crew chief Rodney Childers into the unlikely victory.
The win in NASCAR's longest race, which was postponed from Sunday because of rain, was the first for Michael Waltrip Racing -- now in its third season of Cup competition -- and the first for a Toyota team other than Joe Gibbs Racing. Reutimann led five laps, all under the final caution. He was running 14th when rain started falling on Lap 221.
May 24, 2009
CONCORD, N.C. -- Thousands of fans left Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday evening frustrated with the ongoing rain that fell on the track forcing NASCAR officials to postpone the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600.
Weather pending, NASCAR will restart the race at noon ET on Monday, although, forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. FOX will televise the race and PRN will broadcast the event.