Three NASCAR teams have been fined for manipulating the final race results of NASCAR's season ender at Homestead-Miami on the 17th of November. The teams involved arranged for strategic retirements that placed the number 27 Premium Motorsports driven by Ross Chastain the highest among the un-chartered entries in the race.
The position meant a $150,000 bonus for the highest placed team. Points for the race have been removed, restoring the final points standing to where they were prior to the race according to Autoweek.
3 Chartered vs Uncharted
NASCAR introduced the charter system in 2016 as a way to boost the brand and give team owners something of value that can be transferred. The number of NASCAR charters is fixed with the charters transferable should the team want to sell theirs. Chartered teams are guaranteed a starting position for every Cup race.
2 Tactical Retirements
As the race progressed the cars leading the number 27 car began to retire. The number 15 Premium Motorsports car driven by Joe Nemechek, Reed Sorenson in the number 77 of Spire Motorsports, and Josh Bilicki's Rick Ware Racing's number 52 all withdrew with technical difficulties in the last 20 laps of the race. This gave Chastain in the number 27 a one point lead.
1 Team Ties
The un-chartered teams that participated in the manipulation are all related either directly or indirectly. Spire Motorsports operates out of the same garage as Premium Motorsports and act as a team while Rick Ware Racing has received race help from Premium. The teams and various key figures have been fined up to $50,000 as well as suspension of key team members.