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Loomis is Penalized

NASCAR has announced the penalties for rules infractions during the Dura-Lube 400. Robbie Loomis, crew chief of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Jeff Gordon, has been fined $25,000 because the car did not meet minimum height requirements.

He was also penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "...any car found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion of time trials or the race..."

Loomis said he took full responsibility for the car's problems at Rockingham.

"An oversight in pre-race preparation led to a mechanical failure," he said. "A setscrew that secures a jackbolt loosened during the race -- allowing the car to lower and become extremely tight. Unfortunately, I feel this incident also cost a chance to win the event."

Loomis was also fined $1250 by NASCAR during Speedweeks on two different accounts found by officials after Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Jeff Gordon will lose no championship points, and his third place finish in the Dura-Lube 400 will stand.


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