The No. 23 Rick Ware Racing team (driver at Iowa: Carl Long) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series was handed a penalty by NASCAR on Tuesday because of a weight issue during the recent race weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton. As a result of the rules infraction, crew chief Jonas Bell was fined $10,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, 2014.
The car had an improperly attached weight and was discovered by NASCAR officials during practice on Aug. 1 in preparation for the Aug. 2 race. In its penalty announcement on Tuesday, NASCAR cited violations of sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-2.3A (Any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
According to NASCAR's announcement, the "weight was not properly attached and fell out during the event."
NASCAR deemed the violation a P3 penalty, using the penalty grading system put in place by the sanctioning body prior to the start of the 2014 race season.
Long finished Saturday's US Cellular 250 in 32nd position after starting the race 38th and encountering a brake problem. The team doesn't have a regular driver, as Long was the 11th different driver to drive for RWR in Nationwide competition, so far, this year. The Iowa race was the second race of the year in which Long has driven for Rick Ware Racing, but the first behind the wheel of the No. 23. He raced a No. 15 entry for RWR at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., earlier this season, finishing 35th.
Long has competed in 11 Nationwide races, so far, this year for a variety of car owners. His one finish inside the top-30 was a 28th-place finish in the first visit of the year to Iowa Speedway. In that race, he drove the No. 93 of JGL Racing.