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Anderson, Elite Motorsports Fined by NHRA; Jones Loses 25 Points

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Anderson_mugNHRA announced May 14, that it has fined a Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson (right) and the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team for committing rules infractions this past weekend (May 10-11), at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

Anderson was fined $5,000 and penalized 10 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship points for removal of safety equipment (lifting of helmet shield), which is prohibited from the time the vehicle leaves the starting line until the vehicle is on the return road as outlined in the 2013 NHRA Rulebook, section 2, page 1.

Rickie Jones

Rickie Jones

The Elite Motorsports team was fined $10,000 and its driver Rickie Jones penalized 25 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship points for improper modification of the Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit, required in all Pro Stock vehicles.

The Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit is a safety element installed on Pro Stock vehicles to assist an impaired driver in stopping the race vehicle beyond the finish line.  Modification or tampering with the Electrimotion Pro Stock Shutoff Controller Kit is strictly prohibited, as outlined in section 16, page 10 of the 2013 NHRA Rulebook.

Both fines must be paid in full prior to the driver or team being allowed to participate at any future NHRA events.  Both fines can be appealed, as outlined in section 1, pages 16-23 of the 2013 NHRA Rulebook.

(Photos by Ian Tocher; Click to enlarge)

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  1. CARMELO

    May 15, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    nhra is full of shit like allways this is just nhra try to rip racers off any way they can nhra pleas go to hell n never come back we dont need you or went you any more!!!

  2. Raycer

    May 15, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    it’s about time that NHRA did something about Greg Anderson taking off safety equipment before he exits the track. He has been doing it for years.

    • steve

      May 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I have to keep my safety equptment on till I get off the track it is to help us, If he wants to keep doing tell to take the cameras out of the car. I yell at the tv everytime he does.

  3. Bob Severin

    May 15, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    NHRA just wants to put racers into their place, mainly under their control, just like NASCAR! If you don’t agree, where are the Pro Stock Trucks???

  4. Alan

    May 15, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    It seems to be a growing concern as there was a T/F pilot who shook and was slowing down and the in car camera showed him releasing his harness while still on the track motoring to the turnoff. I agree if the rules are for safety then they should be enforced.

  5. Bob

    May 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    I can see where tampering with the shutoff controller might be serious enough to get upset about … but I think it’s overkill to fine and penalize Greg for lifting his helmet shield, if that’s all he did.

  6. Jenny Oiler

    May 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Safety provisions are put in place for a reason….. My son wrecked his Jr because of a ticket booth person not wanting to get off a chair to hand kids their tickets. His safety equipment was removed to reach that ticket. Two pins in his hand later he’s fine. Just leave the safety equipment on til the car stops. He’s probably been told enough and the fine was the way to get his attention……

  7. Larry Bate

    May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    As ALWAYS…Safety FIRST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ROBERT BRISSETTE

    May 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    rules are rules they are there for a reason, the nhra has just enforce the rules to a team that knows better

  9. cov

    May 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    No in car camera’s. Done deal.

  10. J Nicholson

    May 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Didn’t most of the guys in Pro-Stock pull the releases on the HANS? Pretty sure I seen two or three of them do that in later rounds.

    Chicken s–t rule (maybe the visor was fogging up???) and just a way to make money. Now if the dollars from the fines went into a charity or to DRAW at least it wouldn’t be used for another cocktail party.

  11. dslkid

    May 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    god forbid nhra admits to making jones car shut off @1000ft.rite before they staged nhra had been deciding weather toi shut them off due to rain and they let them go but suprisingly jones car gets shut off mmhmmm i think sum1 hit a button and not jones nhra is guilty

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