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NOT SO FAST: NASCAR Issues Penalties Following Whelen Modified Tour Opener

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Christopher talks to his crew chief before last Sunday's race. Photo: Travis Barrett, GWC

The record books will say that Ted Christopher won the NASCAR WhelenModified Tour event last weekend at Thompson International Speedway, but his wallet will say different.

Christopher was one of two drivers penalized by NASCAR on Wednesday after carburetor issues were discovered in technical inspection following the season-opening Icebreaker 150. Fifth-place finisher Justin Bonsignore was the other.

Both drivers were fined 50 points in the standings and fined $500, and their respective crew chiefs were placed on probation until the fines are paid. Christopher's win will stand, however.
"It's not my issue, I just drive the car," Christopher told TheHartford Courant. "I know it didn't give us any more power, just something that NASCAR didn't approve of as far as the parts. Sort of sucks, still a win though."

Specifically, the cars of Christopher and Bonsignore were penalized for altered carburetor boosters.

– TB