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posted January 10, 2003 11:01 AM UIN: 16262997
Fines, suspension upped for first-time
Modified, Sprint, Stock claim refusals
VINTON, Iowa (Jan. 10) - Drivers will have to ponder heftier consequences before refusing engine claims at I.M.C.A. events this season.
Both the dollar amount of the fines and the length of suspension from sanctioned competition have been upped for first-time refusals in the Modified, Sprint Car and Stock Car divisions.
The fine has been doubled to $2,000, while the suspension goes from 30 to 60 days for first refusals in the Modified and Sprint classes.
First-time refusals for the Stock Car class goes from $1,000 to $1,500 and the suspension extends from 30 to 45 days.
No change was made in the $1,000 fine and 30-day suspension for first refusals in the Hobby Stock class. Also re-maining the same are the $5,000 fine and one-year suspension given to all drivers for second refusals, and the lifetime ban from sanctioned competition following a third refusal.
"I think it was becoming too easy to refuse a first-time engine claim, and that the fine amount needs to be more in line with engine cost," I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. "We want drivers to compete with engines they can afford to sell. If they don't think accepting a claim is an option, they don't need to race in a division that has the rule."
First-time claim refusers will continue to lose their right to claim another driver's engine for one calendar year from the date they pay their fine.
A total of 414 engine claims were accepted at I.M.C.A.-sanctioned events in 2002. All but one of the 45 refusals last season drew first-offense fines and suspensions. The other was a second refusal.
Only one driver has ever refused three engine claims.

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posted January 10, 2003 04:00 PM
Wow only 414 claims, and we got it twice

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