Originally posted by DaveL:
The spacer controversy was born out of the mfgs skirting the rule book by doing things that the rule book did not address. It was not illegal because no specific rule was broken, but it couldn't be said that it was legal because the rule book made no provision for it.</STRONG>
I've seen knowledgable [sp] people on forums say otherwise. But I'm no expert in that area.
<STRONG>Now, if a team was running an engine that displaced 2.85L, or was running 45" of boost straight up, that would be illegal and the car would be disqualified from the race and the result erased from the record book. By the same token, if an IRL team ran a 4.0L engine instead of the 3.5L, it too would be disqualified. But when Richard Petty runs an engine several cubic inches over the limit, or when an Earhnhardt has bodywork that is too low the win stands, the driver gets the points, and crew chief gets a fine that is pocket change to a team spending $15 million a season.
As for the wear and tear during the race, if Earnhardt's roof was lowered by an eigth of an inch, which is not a small amount when you consider the speeds and the potential drag reduction, it would stand to reason that many other cars would suffer the same effect. If it is common for the forces during the race to have that effect on a car, NASCAR's rule book should have an accomidation for it. But as far as I know there is no accomidation. The roof was too low. The car was illegal. Any other series disqualifies illegal cars.</STRONG>
I know Dave, for some unknown reason you want a version of harsh Sharia law for NASCAR, and the convienient dodge of rule book ambiguities for other series.
As for an unfortunate incident that happened 18 years ago, sometime, you've just got to let it go Dave.