Dei Drops Appeal on Illegal Mounting Brackets

By: Mike Bartley

After Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he will be leaving the team that his father started, he has once again made news by being slapped with a 100-point deduction due to the use of wrong mounting brackets for the rear wing on his No. 8 Chevrolet Impala. Aside from the 100-point deduction, Earnhardt Junior's crew chief and cousin Tony Eury Junior is suspended for six races. Team owner Teresa Earnhardt was also penalized after the violation was found out in the pre-race inspection before the Darlington race.

Initially, Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) appealed to NASCAR that the penalties were too severe. Recently tough, the team withdrew their appeal and let the deduction, fine, and suspension stand.

Richie Gilmore, DEI's Vice President of Motorsports, has this to say after they have announced that they will no longer be appealing to the governing body of the Nextel Cup Series: "The rules are black and white. We were clearly in violation of those rules and accept the penalties handed down by NASCAR. Going forward, we've reviewed our internal processes and procedures to insure something like this doesn't happen again."

Meanwhile, Tony Eury Jr. maintained that the rear wing mounting brackets are old and may have been accidentally put into the car. He also pointed out that the mistake was corrected before the end of the race saying that the No. 8 Chevrolet driven by his cousin is using the correct mounting bracket when it crossed the finish line. This shows how strict NASCAR is about the modifications made to the Car of Tomorrow (CoT). Not even pipes would have been allowed by the governing body in the CoT.

Eury Jr. will be serving his six-race suspension starting with the Coca-Cola 600. He will be taking an "unscheduled vacation" according to some insiders. This will give him some time to think about the move that Dale Jr. will be doing after the current season. It is widely known that he will obviously want to go where Dale Jr. will be going next season. But there are issues that will have to be resolved to make sure that he will have a job next season if indeed Dale Jr. makes a jump to another team. For the six races that Eury Jr. will be out, crew chief Tony Gibson will be stepping in his place. Eury is expected to be back on July 7 for the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

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