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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * May 26, 2008
Barker Expects Big PenaltyCrew chief Bootie Barker said he's been running all season the same wing mount setup on Scott Riggs' car that was confiscated on Saturday after NASCAR officials decided it was illegal. He reminded that the car passed two inspections on Thursday and wasn't impounded until somebody in the garage fingered Riggs' team and Haas CNC racing teammate Johnny Sauter.
"I'm not going to make any excuses," Barker said before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "The car is my responsibility. But if you knew the whole story it would be like, 'Hmph.' I do myself more harm than good if I say anymore."
The cars were impounded prior to Saturday's Cup practice. Both teams were allowed to use backup cars and start in the back of the field. Series director John Darby said NASCAR began looking into the allegations on Thursday night. "All I know is the mounts were not in the same place as they were Thursday morning when they went through inspection," Darby said.
Darby said both teams are likely to face a punishment similar to what Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team did last season after problems were discovered with the wing mount at Darlington. Earnhardt was docked 100 championship points and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. fined $100,000 and suspended for six races.
"I don't know what the ruling will be, but it probably won't be good," Barker said.
Barker was concerned about the motive of the person that reported the alleged infraction. "Some people recognized we were doing better and better in points and they would do anything they can to keep us off," he said.
Riggs was 26th in owner points, which is used to determine the top 35 guaranteed spots in the field each week. Sauter was 39th. Barker believes he knows who turned the team in.
"I wish I could tell you some stuff," he said. "It would probably work against me until I know everything. The person I think that did it, and what we really did, it's pretty ... I've never done it. I'll put it that way." (sports.espn.go.com)
Kahne Wins Coca-Cola 600Sometimes you have a little bit of luck, sometimes fate intervenes and other times you just have to be really good to get a victory in the Sprint Cup Series. The last two races, the Sprint All-Star Challenge and the Coca-Cola 600, Kasey Kahne has been the beneficiary of all three of those. Kahne won his eighth career Sprint Cup race on Sunday in 156 tries and became only the sixth driver in NASCAR history to win the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same year. With three laps remaining, Tony Stewart was the leader with a five second lead over Kahne. Stewart blew a tire and smacked the outside wall handing the lead over to Kahne and all he had to do to win was to finish. No one was pressuring him so he skated to another victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Greg Biffle, who ironically finished second in the All-Star race, managed to put his Ford in the same position on Sunday. Kyle Busch was third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth. Jeff Burton battled to the sixth spot followed by Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Carl Edwards and David Reutimann to round out the top ten. The Sprint Cup Series moves to Dover International Speedway next Sunday June 1st, 2008, for the Best Buy 400. The race is scheduled to start at 1:30 PM / Eastern Time on Fox.
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