Official: Stephen Kopcik Disqualified From SK Light Modified Victory At Stafford

SMS-LOGO-HOME-PAGE-2012Stafford Motor Speedway officials announced Monday that Stephen Kopcik has officially been stripped of victory in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature from Friday at the track.

The news of Kopcik’s pending disqualification was first reported on RaceDayCT Friday evening.

It had been the first career victory in the division for Kopcik, a rookie from Newtown. According to the track, Kopcik was disqualified for post race technical inspection failure, “violation of rule 20E- 12.5 Spindles, Wheel Bearings and Hubs.”

Kopcik was disqualified from his finishing position and removed from the finishing order in the race.

The victory was given to Joey Ferrigno, who Kopcik edged at the line on the track. It was the second consecutive victory, third in four events and fourth victory overall this season for Ferrigno, of East Hartford.

Jeremy Sorel of Westfield, Mass. was moved to second and Geoff Boisjolie of East Hampton, Mass. was moved to third.

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  1. Not a cheater says

    Where they ceramic bearings?

  2. Nicholas Kopcik says

    the DQ was for bearing spacers, not bearings. Per rule # 20E12.5 thought no where in the rule is spacers listed.The general consenses is that they where legal in the SK but not in the SKL, per the racers I spoke with. After reading the same rule for both classes, now where does it mention the bearing spacers. After being avioded all weekend I was finally contacted Monday late afternoon not to discuse, but to be told the DQ stands.In my disusion with Tom Fox I was told that spacers where illegal but low drag seals ARE legal.
    Rule 20E-12.5 reads as follows ” 20E-12.5 SPINDLES, WHEEL BEARINGS AND HUBS- Front spindles must be linked to the frame per NWMT rulebook using appoved tathers. Low dra components(oil filled hubs, oiled bearings, low friction bearings, non steel bearings, coated or polished spindles,bearings or races)will not be permitted.
    E. Oil filling of any spindles, wheel bearings or hubs is not permitted.
    You be the the judge.

  3. Not a cheater says


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