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10 Reasons Why Jimmie Johnson Got Busted in New Hampshire Qualifying

By admin | July 13, 2013

 This was not the first time Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson have had issues in NASCAR inspection.

By Richard Allen

As you have probably heard by now, Jimmie Johnson’s outside front row qualifying time was disallowed on Friday afternoon at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Chad Knaus led team had trouble getting through inspection prior to qualifying, which led to the violations found in post-qualifying inspection. Due to the #48 car being a bit too light and the car being too low, the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will have to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s Camping World 301.

Crew chief Knaus has been involved in several rules violations over the course of his career which have resulted in suspensions and fines. NASCAR has said there will be no further penalties in this case.

Here is a list of 10 possible explanations for the team’s pre and post-qualifying inspection issues:

1. Knaus felt left out last week in Daytona when 16 other crew chiefs had parts of their cars’ wing flaps deemed illegal by NASCAR officials so he thought he would make up for it this week.

2. NASCAR officials got raked over the coals this past week for what might have been an oversight on their parts. ”How in the hell could you catch 16 crew chiefs doing something illegal and Knaus wasn’t one of them?” might have been what they heard in meetings after Daytona. So, they decided to make up for it in New Hampshire.

3. People, including NASCAR inspectors, just don’t like Johnson’s beard.

4. Putting the #48 car at the rear of the field might be the only way any passing will occur in New Hampshire.

5. NASCAR just wanted to see how many commercials TNT could show during Sunday’s pre-race show in their reporting of this story.

6. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook is on vacation so officials thought they better get something on the #48 team before he can come back to overrule them.

7. Penske Racing crew members were standing beside the 48 car during inspection doing that not-so-inconspicuous head bobbing and finger pointing thing toward the team they believe turned them in for a violation in Texas.

8. The assigned crew member forgot to put his foot on the scale as the car rolled across.

9. Someone mistakenly removed the container of vanilla that is usually kept in the car for extra weight.

10. Kyle Petty lightened the car when he removed the “The List of Things to Complain About” from the cockpit.

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8 Responses to “10 Reasons Why Jimmie Johnson Got Busted in New Hampshire Qualifying”

  1. bud roberts Says:
    July 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    this is more of the pattern of a team that will do anything to win. as they used to say on the short tracks around here, ” if you can’t beat them, cheat them”.

  2. RacingFan Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Some of your explanations are almost believable, especially 4, 5, and 7.

  3. Kay Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Can someone explain to me what the difference is between what happened with the Penske boys and this? And why no fines and points docked? Thanks.

  4. Chris Fiegler Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I don’t know about you guys but I think that the 48 Crew should be fined or suspended for being Dis Qualified in Post Qualifying Inspections.

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Chris: Being put at the back of the field at Loudon is as good as any penalty they could have handed out.

    No matter how good the car is starting back there will almost certainly mean a lot lower finish than if they had started up front.

    Think of it as a penalty that can’t be overturned if it will make you feel any better.

  6. Greg Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Who really cares anymore what the #48 does , its all you here on TV during the race JIMMY JOHNSON , JIMMY JOHNSON and hardly anything about the other 42 drivers. .

    If they fine him it gets overulled on appeal , waste of time / $.

  7. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I feel sick to a Jimmie Johnson 6th Ring, but, Kansas Clint Bowyer is lurking at any Good Old Time and I don’t want the Chase Around No More!

  8. old geezer Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    With “Cheatin Chad”, “Vanilla Ice” and HMS, people wonder why NASCAR is losing fans. No punishing that bunch.