Originally created 09/29/05

Setup of winning car was noticed



NASCAR apparently was listening to the chatter between several drivers and their crews Sunday at Dover, Del.

After hearing several teams talk about the unusual setup of Jimmie Johnson's winning Chevrolet, the sanctioning body confiscated the rear shock absorbers from six teams following the MBNA RacePoints 400.

Several teams talked on their radios about the height of Johnson's right-rear quarter panel. Radio announcers from the Motor Racing Network even talked about it during the race.

NASCAR confirmed Johnson's car originally flunked post-race inspection for being too high, but it later passed once the shock "settled."

The second-place car from Kyle Busch, Johnson's teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, also was too high.

If the rear of the car is high, it pushes up the rear spoiler and helps it gain traction in the corners.

NASCAR took the rear shocks from Johnson and Busch, as well as those from Ford drivers Mark Martin and Greg Biffle and Dodge drivers Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace.

Busch was fined earlier this year because his car was too high at Las Vegas; Johnson was fined at Las Vegas for being too low. Johnson won that race, too, and Busch finished second.

KINSER IN ARCA: MB2 will put Kraig Kinser, son of World of Outlaws legend Steve Kinser, in a stock car for this Saturday's Food World 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kinser, who won this year's Knoxville Nationals for the World of Outlaws, is part of MB2's driver development program. It will be Kinser's second ARCA Re/Max Series start. He started on the outside pole earlier this year at Michigan and finished eighth.

MB2 fields two cars on the Nextel Cup Series circuit with drivers Scott Riggs and Joe Nemechek.

COWBOY CONNECTION: The race team started by former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman has cars and a crew chief.

Now it needs a driver.

The team hired Philippe Lopez Tuesday as its first crew chief. The team will use cars and engines built at Joe Gibbs Racing.

"My first priority is to get the shop up and running," Lopez said. "We are working very closely with Joe Gibbs Racing. You can't put a price on what they will be bringing to the table."

Several drivers have talked with the team, and current Gibbs driver Bobby Labonte is a favorite.