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Old 02-15-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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Posted: Thursday February 15, 2007 9:13AM; Updated: Thursday February 15, 2007 6:54PM



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Daytona 500 is a wreck before it even gets started.

A cheating scandal that had already brought down four teams now has ensnared another -- that of two-time winner Michael Waltrip -- tarnishing NASCAR's signature race and Toyota's highly anticipated debut.

"We've got people's attention now," NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton said Wednesday.

Waltrip lost his crew chief and team director right before Sunday's Super Bowl of racing. The two were suspended indefinitely after an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season-opener.

Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in Thursday's races that determine the field for the 500.

David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out.

Waltrip said he was "so sad and embarrassed" but tried to shift blame to an unidentified individual within his team.

"This is not the action of an organization, a manufacturer or a sponsor," Waltrip said in a statement. "This was an independent act done without consent or authorization from me or any of my executive management team."

Waltrip spent all day Wednesday meeting with NASCAR officials, who publicly paraded Hyder and Kennedy through the garage as they were escorted out. Waltrip's Toyota Camry was also on display as inspectors ripped pieces out from under the hood.

His team worked furiously to prepare a backup car, but it had yet to clear inspection and Waltrip got no practice time Wednesday. He will be allowed to race the backup Thursday, if it passes inspection.

Waltrip's penalties came one day after the crew chiefs for 2003 champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were suspended. All five drivers also were docked points in an unprecedented move by NASCAR, which never before had taken points before the season.

NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip's intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a property contained in jet fuel. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details.
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NNAAWWWZZZ in NASCAR? lol
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This is all I have to say...

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^ i watch for the crashes....ive yet to go through seeing an actual whole race on tv
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:36 PM   #5
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I like watching Nascar. It's nice to sit back and relax on a Sunday and watch it.
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test them for roids while they are at it.
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I love Nascar. I heard the stuff they found was coated on the intake manifold, and it was the **** that you light in a can and it burns for hella days.
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I like watching Nascar. It's nice to sit back and relax on a Sunday and watch it.
I'm at the dragstrip racing.... To each his own.
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i watch football on sundays...

Nascar is incredibly boring.
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Umm you don't watch Football during Nascar season.
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Umm you don't watch Football during Nascar season.
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i watch football on sundays...

Nascar is incredibly boring.
phew.. i was about to say that too haha.

honestly, i have no idea when nascar is so i wouldnt know.
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well, it'll make for an interesting season this year, i'm gonna try to get up to the Penn 500 up at Pocono, all i can say is, last time i went t a race, it was ridiculously crazy, and a lot of awesome memories came out of it. we used to have our own DIRT team and i was at the track every saturday, i miss those days
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