Illegal Carburetor Sends Wallace To Back Of Daytona 500 Field
Posted February 14, 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR is voiding Rusty Wallace's qualifying run for the Daytona 500 because of an illegal carburetor.
Wallace was sent to the back of the pack for Sunday's race. His crew chief also was fined $10,000.
The carburetor did not meet the minimum size requirements when it was inspected after Wallace's fourth-place finish in Thursday's qualifying race.
Wallace has to use a provisional to get into the race. He will drop from eighth to 38th in the starting field of the 43-car race.
He was also stripped of the $28,720 in prize money from Thursday's race.
NASCAR did not dock any points from Wallace. Because the season hasn't started, he doesn't even have any points.
That's a break from the pattern NASCAR began last season of docking 25 points in the penalty process.