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BROOKLYN, Mich. - The Nos. 18 and 20 Nationwide Series teams of Joe Gibbs Racing - which have dominated competition in the series most of the season - could face serious sanctions after NASCAR officials said late Saturday the teams had attempted to alter the outcome of a chassis dyno test.

 

After Saturday's Nationwide race at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR tested several cars on the chassis dynamometer, which measures rear-wheel horsepower, as officials have done several times this season.

 

During the test, NASCAR officials discovered magnets on the accelerator pedals of the two Gibbs Toyotas. Several sources said the magnets could, in theory, keep the pedals from being fully depressed, which would limit the engines' output and distort the data available to officials.

 

"This was an attempt to interfere with NASCAR's post-race inspection process, and we are taking it very seriously," said Jim Hunter, vice president of corporate communications for the sanctioning body.

 

Hunter would not go into detail about what NASCAR officials found, but said both teams faced penalties, which would be announced early next week. No action would be taken at the track this weekend, he said.

 

Reached Saturday night, JGR team spokesperson Mike Arning said team officials felt that they were adhering to the rules laid out by NASCAR with the cars entered in Saturday's race.

 

Last month, NASCAR announced rule changes for the Toyota engines used in the Nationwide Series. The new guidelines were intended to cut about 15 horsepower. Saturday's race at Michigan was the first since that change in which horsepower was expected to play a larger role in performance and the race outcome. The previous three events were on a short track and two road courses.

 

So far this season, JGR's No. 18 and No. 20 Toyotas have combined for 13 wins in 25 races, with the most recent Kyle Busch's victory at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., in late July.

 

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My question is how did they get them in there after the race with nascar tech officals everywhere. if one of the crew guys where hanging upside down in the car wouldn't that raise some questions before the test. also how does nascar know that the magnets where not on the pedals during the race? just seems a little weird.

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That's a great idea. The magnets are used as a spacer to stop the throttle from being fully depressed. Put em' in after the race and your legal.

I think mine were in the car during the race and then when Someone else drives the car they take the magnets out. :blink:

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you figure if you have 2 magnets,like poles,one on the floor and one on the pedal.someone pressing the gas pedal gets the magnets close to each other, the magnets began repulsion,trying to push the two objects apart.it would give the foot the feeling of resistance,that the throttle is bottoming out if the magnets were strong enough.And as Big A said,if you had magnets of opposite poles,the magnets would stick and you'd be cruising on cruise control.

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Looks like another race on today.........I'm looking for a good movie...Maybe a Clint Eastwood Shoot'em up. Prolly have to find a double feature to cover the race............................

Don't be that way Jim! You know that everything is on the yup and yup! Especially wayup.

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magnets probably added the night before the race, :ph34r: by a roush crew member , to slow them down...jmo :ph34r:

 

you know I thought about what you said. what if they were added by a disgruntled employee just to slow them down alittle bit. you never know. it could happen.

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