NASCAR overhauls penalty system

Ryan Newman won't be driving the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet next season after joining RCR. (AFP)

Ryan Newman won't be driving the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet next season after joining RCR. (AFP)

Dean McNulty, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

Not only will the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season have a new championship format and a new qualifying procedure, it will also have a new system for penalizing cheaters.

After a 2013 season where penalties and punishments were often handed out willy nilly, NASCAR bosses issued a revised rule book on Tuesday that will set out six different levels of infractions and six different punishments for teams that break the rules.

NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said the sanctioning body wanted to make it clear to everyone in the sport what the consequences would be for breaking the rules.

“The new deterrent system is going to provide a clear path for our competitors to fully understand the boundaries while shoring up some gray areas which may have been in existence, again, all in an effort to be as transparent as possible,” he said.

The six categories of infractions are listed from P1 to P6 with P1 being the least serious to P6, the most


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