On September 28, 2011, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of the No. 11 Gaunt Brothers Racing NASCAR Canadian Tire Series team.
The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing. Section 12-4-I: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR rules. Section 20E-5.10.A: Carburetor Eligibility: the carburetor must remain as supplied by the NASCAR-approved supplier: Unapproved carburetor modification; power valves."
This stemmed from a post-race inspection for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 20, 2011.
The original penalties assessed were to car owner Martin N. Gaunt, a loss of 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship Car Owner Points and a $5,000 fine to crew chief Jonathan W. Davis.
Placed on NASCAR probation for the next two NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Events and placed on NASCAR probation until September 21, 2011 is car driver Jason S. Bowles, who lost 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship Driver Points.
The Appellant acknowledged the power valve change to a Holley factory block-off part was not allowed per the 2011 rulebook. The Appellant contested the severity and communication process related to the carburetor rule change for the 2011 racing season.
Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel was to modify the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The Appeals Panel waived the $5,000 fine to the Crew Chief while all other aspects of the penalties stood as originally assessed.
The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.