NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series managing director Seth Kramlich shows off the illegal valve stem discovered on the right rear of the No. 98
Two weeks ago, the No. 98 truck of Ty Majeski had to serve a significant penalty during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Milwaukee Mile. During pre-race inspection, officials discovered that Majeski’s valve stem caps were illegal as per NASCAR’s rules; the No. 98 lost its crew chief for the weekend, it lost points, and Majeski had to serve a drive-through penalty during the race. NASCAR is using it as an educational experience.
Last week, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series posted a video on social media where Seth Kramlich, managing director of the Trucks series, laid out the details of just where Majeski’s right rear valve stem cap went wrong — and it’s fascinating.
One of motorsport’s long running jokes is that it’s a competition of who can fudge the rules the best, and while Majeski’s crew gave it the good ol’ college try, they came up short. But it’s still cool to see the ways current NASCAR teams are trying to find a competitive advantage — and to have officials acknowledge the ingenuity.
You can check out a video from journalist Bob Pockrass as well, which shows Kramlich’s presentation from a different angle:
Camping World Truck Series director Seth Kramlich shows the illegal valve stem cap from Ty Majeski truck found prequalifying at Milwaukee. Officials could hear air leaking. Kramlich also explains why penalty was on low end of 5-10 range on playoff points and $25-$50K in fines. pic.twitter.com/EAbe469GhW
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 8, 2023
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