Appeal Panel Upholds Dirt Late Model Dream Penalties

The World Racing Group Commission has upheld the penalties issued to the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist following failed post-race inspection at Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream.

All five of the drivers were penalized after tire samples collected at the event and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.

The three-member panel heard appeals in Indianapolis on Monday. After deliberating the appeals, panel members agreed that the collection and testing of the samples followed accepted protocols and the samples did not meet accepted benchmarks.

All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1. Each competitor will resume their three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions conclude on Sept. 11, 2016.

The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis for each driver was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.

The three commission members who heard the appeal were Steve York, Jeff Nuckles and Rollie Helmling.