Seth and Sutton Sharp
November 8, 2018
We look into the Busch Grand National Series history book at three different moments when a race winner was disqualified for failing post-race inspection. In one of these instances, the winner of the race eventually reclaimed his victory after an appeal was heard by NASCAR.
1992 Granger Select 200 at New River Valley Speedway
Johnny Rumley dominated the race, leading the first 135 laps before using up his Hoosier tires. Bobby Dotter took the lead from Rumley and proceeded to lead the next 58 laps, before being passed by Jeff Burton with under 10 laps-to-go. The caution quickly came out for a multi-car incident and Burton took the checkered flag under caution.
After the race and the Victory Lane celebrations, the No. 8 of Burton did not pass post-race inspection. The car was using a rear-end carrier assembly that did not meet NASCAR’s specifications.
The penalty handed Dotter his first career Busch Grand National Series victory. Burton was credited with a 26th place finish, last in the field.
1995 Detroit Gasket 200 at Michigan International Speedway
Dale Jarrett dominated the race, beating second place finisher Mark Martin by over seven seconds. Jarrett, who sat on the pole for the event, led 89/100 laps en-route to what seemed to be his second consecutive Series victory.
Roughly two hours after the race was completed, Jarrett was disqualified and had his win taken away after NASCAR found that his intake manifold had been illegally modified. Martin inherited the win.
Jarrett was credited with a 42nd place finish . He lost roughly $24,000 for the position difference due to the infraction, but was not handed any additional penalties.
1999 Yellow Freight 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Mike Skinner led the final 41 laps on Saturday afternoon in Georgia, taking his No. 19 Yellow Freight car to Victory Lane for his first career Series victory.
The following morning NASCAR announced that they discovered that Skinner had an unapproved cylinder head on his car and that he was stripped of the victory. This handed Dave Blaney, who sat on the pole and led 52 laps, his first career win. Skinner was credited with a 43rd place finish.
Skinner and his team filed an appeal after the announcement was made, which NASCAR surprisingly overturned on Wednesday. Skinner was once again awarded the victory, but did not receive the usual first-place earnings. This decision in turn handed Skinner the largest fine in Series history, with $19,000 separating the first and last place finishers in the event.