Ryan Newman Has Modified Win Taken Away
Ryan Newman won this past Saturday's F.W. Webb 100 Whelen Modified Series race from New Hampshire Motor Speedway by a comfortable 1.9 second margin of victory over Todd Szegedy. But today NASCAR announced that it has stripped Newman of his victory.
Newman, car owner Kevin "Bono" Manion, and crew chief Mike LaRochelle have been found to have cheated in Saturday's race.
NASCAR found the team to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20D-5.9P (the intake manifold ports did not completely seal to the cylinder head ports. The use of metal shim-type intake manifold gaskets is not permitted) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. The violations were discovered during post-race inspection on July 16.
LaRochelle has been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series events until December 31st, 2011.
Manion, the car owner of Newman's number 7 has been disqualified from Saturday's race and suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series events until December 31st, 2011.
Newman has been disqualified from Saturday's race meaning that he is no longer the winner of the event.
What the team basically did according to Dave Moody of Sirius Speedway was drill holes into the intake manifold in the engine. They then filled the holes with wax which hid them from NASCAR officials in pre-race inspection. During the race, the heat from the engine melted the wax and allows air to flow through the holes in the manifold and by pass the restrictor plates that the modified series runs at New Hampshire. Having the air flow through the holes in the intake manifold instead of the restrictor plate, more air gets to the engine giving the car more horsepower.