Carl Edwards: 100 Point Penalty Assessed by Nascar Officials

Carl Edwards: 100 Point Penalty Assessed by Nascar Officials
by Virginia Vroom of

Just as most predicted, NASCAR officials came out with big penalties for Carl Edwards’ car today. The big story came out after post-race inspection on Sunday when there was a problem with the lid to the oil tank reservoir. This is similar to the problem that several Nationwide series cars came across in their race at Daytona three weeks ago. The difference is that the Nationwide cars had loose caps whereas the cap on Edwards’ car was completely off. Officials approved an appeal by the #64 Nationwide car owned by Rusty Wallace stating that the equipment was defective and it was not an intentional fault of any crew member for the cap to be loose.

The official sections that Edwards’ was penalized for include “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 20-2.1J (any device or duct work that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another, or to the outside of the car, will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of the car to the trunk area, or the floors, firewalls, crush panels and wheel wells passing air into or out of the car)” (


Edwards’ penalty may not have come as a surprise, but the magnitude of the penalty surprised many. While the Nationwide cars that were penalized received a 25 point dock, Edwards was docked 100 driver points, and Jack Roush received a 100 point penalty as the car owner. Additionally, should Edwards make the top twelve for getting into the chase at the end of the 26 race stretch, he will not receive the 10 point bonus for winning the UAW-Dodge 400 this past Sunday. Those bonus points are essential as they help determine the standings after the regular season. The penalties to crew chief Bob Osborne were also severe. He received a $100,000 fine and also was suspended for the next six Cup races as a crew chief. In addition, he is also suspended from NASCAR until April 30th and on probation through the rest of the year until December 31, 2009.