Two Suspended Thompson Speedway Drivers Expected To Compete Wednesday With Penalties Being Appealed

Thompson Speedway management announced Tuesday that track officials have accepted a request of appeal by SK Modified division driver Todd Owen and SK Light Modified division driver Bryan Narducci for penalties that were announced by the track Tuesday.

It was announced Tuesday that Owen would be disqualified from a third place feature in the SK Modified feature on Aug. 4 and suspended for the next two events for having been found with chemically treated tires.

It was also announced that Narducci would be disqualified from his Aug. 4 SK Light Modified division win and suspended for the next two events for having been found with chemically treated tires.

Thompson Speedway officials announced Tuesday that the appeals for both drivers cannot be heard before Wednesday’s racing card at Thompson and thus both Owen and Narducci will be allowed to compete in their respective features. Both are expected to be in action.

No timetable has been given for the appeal. Following Wednesday’s event the track’s next Whelen All-American Series racing card is scheduled for Sept. 1.

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  1. If their appeal is denied will it impact the results of Wednesday’s race

  2. LM,
    Not sure what the exact protocol will be on that. I’ve seen instances where if the appeal is held up the event penalized competitor participated in under the appeal is removed, I’ve also seen where the event run while under appeal counts and the suspension is extended to after the event run while under appeal.

  3. Everyone is entitled to due process such as an apeal, thats what makes this country great.

    Its kind of sad spending all this money every week knowing you dont have a chance to win thinking your just out classed by a better driver, thats acceptable. But if the allegation of treating tires holds true it will be really sad and frustrating knowing your spending all this money being beat my someone who is knowingly cheating, perhaps for quite some time now.

    I guess we will all just have to wait and see…

  4. Don’t you kind of have to use the second method? If the appeal is rejected the first assumes the person didn’t appear in the race. But if he wrecked someone else that would cause a separate mess wouldn’t it.
    Team sports use the penalty starts after the appeal.

  5. “Everyone is entitled to due process such as an apeal”

    This isn’t the US legal system, it’s a sporting event run by a private, for profit entity.

    The only rights relating to rulings by officials a competitor has is stated in the rule book and entry form.

    I’m glad they are being allowed to appeal and have facts they think will overturn the decision heard, but let’s not get the Bill of Rights confused with what is essentially a game that competitors choose to participate in.

  6. Trapper Daved says

    I know that Seekonk Speedway sent tire rubber samples for testing to Blue Ridge Labs, Inc. in Hudson, NC. Most tire rubber tests on race cars only show whether there is a chemical variation from the benchmark rubber provided by the tire manufacturer (in this case Hoosier) and the sample taken from the race car. If the lab reports any variation, the tires are deemed to have been ineligible for competition and, consequently, the driver is disqualified. As far as I know, the tests don’t go so far as identifying the impermissible additive because such a test would be very expensive. Consider this: Last year Billy Pauch got tagged and was DQ’ed over a similar tire “issue” and blamed Simple Green!

  7. Coincidence that both cars are maintained in the same shop and both get penalized for the same infraction? I think not.

  8. Josh paradis says

    If the appeal doesnt go through will it effect track and national points or only track points

  9. Josh,
    National points are based on track results, so yes a DW also effects national points.

  10. NottheBones,Bones says

    Sounds like a b.s. story. Although I believe simple green is tire prep in some circles. As well as wd40.

  11. Richard Raducha says

    I know from my perspective, if I were a racer in my prime with strong support from fans and marketing partnerships I would go to the best chemical analysis I could; like and Anderson Consulting firm in Maryland. If I knew Damn well I had not cheated I would do my best to prove it.

  12. Simple Green is used commonly as a tire prep in dirt kart racing which in that world is legal.

  13. I find it hard to believe that Todd Owen was soaking, or otherwise manipulating tires. The guy spends countless hours preparing his cars, and I figure that’s where the uptick in performance.

  14. So, 10k a piece… rolling the dice… spending all that money for what? No really.. for what. If this was the tour, yeah, I get it but for a SK and SKL drivers? So now the 01 wrecks half the field at Thompson after what was supposed to be a 2 race suspension because of “due process”? I’ve never seen so much ridiculousness. Pob P…. it’s a known fact in the pits (drivers and crews) that soaking has been taking place for quite a while at multiple tracks by people who wouldn’t expect it from including past champions so don’t judge just because you THINK you know someone. There are products available that can beat that useless sniffer.

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