This was posted over in the NA$CAR newsgroup. Most of us remember what they did
to sandman. Looks like he has some company. Dodge may make a good truck but
their attitude sucks.
Dodge fined Petty for driving a Chevy
SCENEDAILY - FEBRUARY 15, 2006 - BY BOB POCKRASS -
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Petty did a favor for Richard Childress Racing
and driver Kevin Harvick in 2004, and he paid $45,000 for it.
Dodge fined Petty $45,000 when the veteran relieved Harvick in the Sharpie
at Bristol in August 2004. Harvick complained that he had lost feeling
in his left arm and Petty, a Dodge driver, took over for Harvick in the
Petty, whose car was already out of the race, did not have permission from
Dodge to drive the Chevy, and Dodge promptly fined him for breaching their
Dodge didn't announce the fine, but it was revealed in
*depositions released during their recently completed trial involving
Bill Davis Racing.
"Initially it was a shock just because that's just a given in the sport -
if a driver is down, everybody rallies and tries to help him out,"
Petty said Feb. 11. "Kevin was sick; Kevin felt bad, so I drove the car.
"When I got a phone call and a legal letter that said I owed them $45,000,
that was a little bit of a shock.
But at the same time, they were exactly right.
I have a contract to drive for Dodge."
Dodge Motorsports Director of Operations John Fernandez said
Feb. 10 that he believed Petty's violation of their contract was
inadvertent but that the manufacturer must protect the sanctity of its
"That was definitely a violation of the contract, and I think we took
appropriate action," Fernandez said. "If you know the history of the
10 years ago, that would be acceptable. These days it is not acceptable."