CONCORD, N.C. – July 23, 2016 –World Racing Group Commission Chairman Potestas, motorsports executive John Darby, upheld penalties issued by DIRTcar following Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream.
The #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist were penalized after tire samples collected at the event and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
Darby interviewed all five competitors, DIRTcar Officials and visited the testing facility to inspect the testing procedure.
In an effort to promote consistency for the length of suspensions, Darby decided that the final suspension should be defined by weeks, not months as prescribed in the original penalty. The original three-month suspension will now be a 12-week suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions commenced on June 21, 2016 and will now conclude on Sept. 13, 2016.
After appealing the penalties to a three-member panel and having the penalties upheld, all five competitors exercised their final appeal option to the Chairman Potestas.
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