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Appeals panel upholds $10k fine for Ryan Newman

The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld a $10,000 fine against Ryan Newman for a safety infraction at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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NASCAR fined Ryan Newman for not wearing the required head sock during Cup Series practice and qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Newman appealed but the appeals panel ruled to uphold the fine, stating:

“We reached this conclusion because it was demonstrated that he didn’t wear the proper safety equipment during practice and qualifying. In the absence of a specific fine for the infraction, we listened to NASCAR’s description for how they arrived at the $10,000 penalty. However, the panel suggests NASCAR establish a policy that all safety violations have a published range.”

Serving on the panel were Dixon Johnston, Hunter Nickell and Steve York.

Newman will pay $10,000 for violating two sections of the rulebook, including Section 8.3.2.A., specifying:

  • It is the responsibility of the driver, not NASCAR, to ensure that he/she maintains, wears, and properly uses protective clothing and equipment during Competition in accordance with Section Driver Protective Clothing/Equipment.

Newman also violated rulebook Section specifying it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure they maintain, wear and properly use that clothing and equipment. It also details the required equipment and what specifications it must be.

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