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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR's chairman says nothing the stock car racing body does will ever fully eliminate the cheating that plagues the series.
But what happened Tuesday made it clear that cheating will have serious consequences.
NASCAR suspended four crew chiefs for cheating and took the unprecedented step of docking four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500.
NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler in its strongest statement to date on cheating. All four cars failed qualifying inspection, and a fifth, Michael Waltrip's startup Toyota Camry, faces additional penalties that could be even more severe.
Crew chiefs Robbie Reiser and Kenny Francis were suspended four races and fined 50-thousand dollars each. Their drivers were docked 50 points each. Chiefs Rodney Childers and Josh Brown were suspended two races and fined 25-thousand dollars and their drivers were docked 25 points each.