Tommy Baldwin Racing Penalized Following Whelen Mod Tour Win At Monadnock


(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Doug Coby following his victory Saturday in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Duel at the Dog 200 at Monadnock Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

Following Saturdayโ€™s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Monadnock Speedway, the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing modified driven by Doug Coby was issued a penalty as a result of post-race inspection.

The rules infraction is as follows:

Penalty Level: P3

20D โ€“ 12.1 Coil Springs A.6. After the vehicle has cleared pre-qualifying or Pre-race technical inspection, one (1) coil spring rubber insert, not to exceed one (1) full coil of the front coil spring, acceptable to NASCAR Officials, will be permitted.

Crew chief Tommy Baldwin was issued a $1,500 fine and was suspended from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour until the fine is paid.

Baldwin is also under NASCAR probation until December 31, 2023.

Comments

  1. Just Me The Original says

    Should have lost driver and owner points.

  2. Need driver and owner points deductions, or HUGE fines.

  3. Guess you can run two spring rubbers now, just have to pay $1,500 the Wednesday after

  4. The Real Gary says

    Guess Kopcik must have been helping the Baldwin boys on Saturday.

  5. It would be very helpful if NASCAR would just post the price list for rules violations.

  6. Team Accountant says

    I bet if you told every team owner and crew chief on the tour before the event that if they paid NASCAR an extra $1,500 before the race that the tech staff would look the other way on a cheated up item youโ€™d see almost every owner pay that gladly. This is more proof of what a joke this series has become.

  7. What a cut throat life this is Goodfella Calm down itโ€™s a piece of Spring Rubber OMG. Such a performance advance DQ them bla bla. Itโ€™s a level 3 rule get it yet? Since The Tour letโ€™s you COIL BIND why is the rule even there?

  8. Fast Eddie says

    I’m no mechanic or engineer, but i would think an extra spring rubber on the front would make for less unloading on the right side through the corner and keep more load on the rear, ergo more bite through the turn and better forward drive off. A big advantage on a bullring I’d bet.

  9. First impression is good for NASCAR. I’m thinking about all the tour mod open shows and how many times do we see penalties of any sort? Does the punishment fit the infraction? Search me but if the 7ny wins the drivers and owners championships by a tiny margin you can bet we’re going to read about this again.

  10. Henry Lecomte says

    A lesser known Driver& Team would have been DQ

  11. To be using illegal spring rubber is ballsy. It’s out in the open. We all notice what people are doing with springs… immediately. Even when teams try to shield the springs with covers, when the car had a high front attitude sitting in the pits. Too obvious that the car had super low spring rates. Then all the coil binding, etc.

    To think that the 7NY thought they were going to get away with something like that shows there are integrity issues. The 7NY team thinks they are really above reproach. The fine is meaningless.

    I mean, Sherlock Holmes said the best place to hide something is out in the open, but this is ridiculous.

  12. Stuart A Fearn says

    LR spring not so east to see.
    Not that I know anything but I believe you can see the fronts pretty easily and possibly the RR but even that is tucked inside the bodywork pretty well.
    Like I said, I have no idea but who knows it could be 1.1 turns or maybe a complete extra rubber. I don’t know and I’m thinking all the people that have commented so far have no first hand knowledge either but I’m speculating

  13. Stuart A Fearn wrote,

    “LR spring not so east to see.
    Not that I know anything but I believe you can see the fronts pretty easily and possibly the RR but even that is tucked inside the bodywork pretty well.
    Like I said, I have no idea but who knows it could be 1.1 turns or maybe a complete extra rubber. I donโ€™t know and Iโ€™m thinking all the people that have commented so far have no first hand knowledge either but Iโ€™m speculating”

    As you said, and I agree with you, you have no idea.

    Have you ever seen a Modified car? Answer: Must be ‘no’.

    From the NASCAR press release: “20D โ€“ 12.1 Coil Springs A.6. After the vehicle has cleared pre-qualifying or Pre-race technical inspection, one (1) coil spring rubber insert, not to exceed one (1) full coil of the front coil spring, acceptable to NASCAR Officials, will be permitted.”

    Stuart, are you a graduate of Trump University trying to pull a devious redirecting distraction?

    The NASCAR press release explicitly stated FRONT COIL SPRING.

    Carry on.

    Imagine if NASCAR was run with no rules or regulations. It’s like Trump wants to do by getting rid of the Constitution, laws and regulations. Yet he says he is all for law & order.

  14. Stuart A Fearn wrote,

    “LR spring not so east to see.
    Not that I know anything but I believe you can see the fronts pretty easily and possibly the RR but even that is tucked inside the bodywork pretty well.
    Like I said, I have no idea but who knows it could be 1.1 turns or maybe a complete extra rubber. I donโ€™t know and Iโ€™m thinking all the people that have commented so far have no first hand knowledge either but Iโ€™m speculating”

    What was supposed to be your point of that post?

    Anybody that has seen pictures of Modifieds can see that the FRONT SPRINGS are out in the wide open. Anybody that has been in the pits can clearly see the front suspension. After all, these are OPEN WHEEL RACE CARS. Anybody that thinks it’s hard to see the FRONT SPRINGS on a MODIFIED OPEN WHEEL RACE CAR is without a clue or trying to sell sand to Arabs.

    So what was supposed to be your point?

    Thanks in advance.

  15. Just Me - The Original says

    This is a vey simple rule to enforce, check it as they go over the scales before the race and after the race in teardown. Not rocket science to see if someone is using multiple or oversized spring rubber(s)

  16. Maybe the inserts were made of ultra clear molded urethane. I’ve seen some parts made of this for other reasons. The stuff with the right amount of product, pressure temperature and time, and it comes out crystal clear, Anything is possible

  17. Suitcase Jake says

    People People….Relax …. It’s not 2 spring rubbers…. It’s 1 spring rubber but a little LONGER than 1 FULL COIL of the SPRING….. Instead of lets say a full circle of 360 degrees … it’s longer and passes 360 to 380 or 400 degrees
    been there … seen that…. Enough said …

  18. Just remember, cheating isn’t the issue. Getting caught cheating is the problem.

  19. Since someone brought up stupid comments…

    Here’s a real doozy…

    “LR spring not so east to see.
    Not that I know anything but I believe you can see the fronts pretty easily and possibly the RR but even that is tucked inside the bodywork pretty well.
    Like I said, I have no idea but who knows it could be 1.1 turns or maybe a complete extra rubber. I donโ€™t know and Iโ€™m thinking all the people that have commented so far have no first hand knowledge either but Iโ€™m speculating”

  20. Meathead Mike says

    Dareal thanks for setting Stuart Fearn straight on the rules. If it wasn’t for you correcting all the people on this forum just think of all the misinformation that would be posted. It is only fitting that the smartest man in the room selflessly volunteers himself to rate the intelligence of all the comments posted in here. Keep up the good work dareal!!!!!!!

  21. Meathead Mike, thanks for the kind words. But, who told you I was the smartest in the room?

    And you are right, I like to be helpful.

  22. Meathead Mike wrote, “Dareal thanks for setting Stuart Fearn straight on the rules. If it wasnโ€™t for you correcting all the people on this forum just think of all the misinformation that would be posted. It is only fitting that the smartest man in the room selflessly volunteers himself to rate the intelligence of all the comments posted in here. Keep up the good work dareal!!!!!!!”

    Thank you, Meathead Mike. It’s very nice of you to praise me for correcting all the misinformation that gets posted. I’m sure you have learned plenty. You are welcome.

    Regarding Stuart Fearn, if he doesn’t know with absolute certainty by now that Modified front springs are out in the open, he’s got problems.

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