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NASCAR penalizes BMR team for infractions at Infineon

By: Staff reports
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Two of three Bill McAnally Racing teams finished in the top 10 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 on Saturday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Three-time series champion Eric Holmes qualified fourth and finished third in the 64-lap race around the 11-turn, 1.99-mile road course. BMR driver Moses Smith overcame a start in the 37th position to finish seventh. Paulie Harraka, driving the third BMR entry, led 10 laps midway through the race and finished 12th.

Greg Rayl of Roseville had a transmission problem and completed 17 laps. He finished 40th in the 41-car field.

Sprint Cup drivers Joey Logano and David Gilliland finished 1-2. Logano won by 1.343 seconds.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced BMR Racing would be penalized because of rules violations determined to have occurred during the race, including actions detrimental to stock-car racing, equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules and unapproved modifications to the carburetor, according to a news release.

Holmes’ crew chief, Duane Knorr, was fined $5,000 by NASCAR, suspended until the fine is paid and placed on probation for the next two Pro Series West races.

Holmes and McAnally were docked 100 driver and owner points each, so instead of being third in points and trailing Pro Series West leader Greg Pursley by 258, Holmes now is eighth in points.

The race will be shown on the Speed Channel at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

Roth third at USA Championships
Granite Bay High School graduate Scott Roth tied for seventh in the pole vault at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Eugene, Ore. Roth cleared 17 feet, 6½ inches.

Nike vaulters Derek Miles and Jeremy Scott finished 1-2 at 18-6¾ and 18-4½.

Roth swept the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships this year and leaves the University of Washington with three NCAA titles.