Usually when NASCAR teams cheat, it’s something subtle: shaving open the holes in the restrictor plate or making an adjustment of a centimeter or two to a rear window to get aerodynamics. But not Carl Long and his crew chief Charles Swing - they decided if they were going the cheat, why not go the whole mile? So in the qualifying event for last weekend’s All-Star Race, they just went ahead and used an oversized engine.
Unfortunately for them, they had to switch engines between qualifying and the race, which triggered a NASCAR inspection of the bad engine. And as you can imagine, it didn’t take long for NASCAR to figure out that something was wrong. ESPN.COM says that NASCAR lowered the hammer on Long and Swing today, suspending them each for 12 races and fining Swing $200,000 - the largest fine in the sport’s history. They also suspended the car owner - Long’s wife Danielle - for 12 races and docked Long 200 points.