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Author Topic:   A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE McDOWELL FINE AND PROBATION
jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 5556
posted May 24, 2002 09:21 AM UIN: 16262997
A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE McDOWELL FINE AND PROBATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association has released a
statement from UDTRA Director of Competition Ritchie Lewis concerning the
technical issues, fine and probation of UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series point
leader Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA.

"On May 14, 2002, UDTRA officials found an unapproved part on the winning
car of Dale McDowell during the routine post-race inspection," Lewis said.
"This unapproved part was an accessory wire attached to the car's wiring
system between MSD box that controls the electronics of the engine, and
the
distributor.

"This accessory wire can be used to perform different functions for the
system, including traction control, which is illegal in UDTRA competition,
and carries a stiff penalty," Lewis continued. "The accessory wire we found
on Dale McDowell's wiring system was not attached to anything else,
including a traction control device. Upon further inspection, no traction
control device was found in the race car, on Dale McDowell himself, or any
of his crew members.

"The accessory wire on Dale McDowell's wiring system, as it was found by
UDTRA Technical Inspectors, does not enhance the performance of the race
car, however, the wire as an accessory to other functions of the wiring
system for testing purposes does not constitute an alteration to the MSD
box, which is also not allowed in accordance to the UDTRA rulebook," Lewis
said. "UDTRA has determined, however, that having the accessory wire
attached to the wiring system during competition is unapproved, and we have
fined Dale McDowell $2,500 and placed him on indefinite probation."

powertown
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 176
posted May 27, 2002 09:39 PM
Nobody is perfect.Guilty or not,I think UDTRA did what they had to do.Dale will be OK,and will do the right thing.

26 Scrap Metal
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted May 28, 2002 04:27 PM
It seams kinda funny to me that they admit he did nothing wrong but they fined him and put him on indefinite probation anyway.


Something is a little fishy here.

JimBo
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 75
posted May 29, 2002 10:28 PM
The peanlty would have been worse if several other drivers hadn't allready got away with using it and everybody(drivers) knows it.

powertown
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 176
posted May 30, 2002 07:20 PM
Thanks,JimBo. I wasn't going to bring that up ,but this is not the first time this has happened nor is Dale the first driver.I can not prove any of this,so I will consider this here say. Anna E.

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