DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR's top policeman laughed when asked if catching 18 cheaters would persuade teams to go straight from now on.
"Am I naive enough to think they're going to quit cheating? No, no," technical director Gary Nelson said Monday, just six days before the season-opening Daytona 500.
Moments earlier, the sanctioning body announced the suspension of two crew chiefs. NASCAR also handed out $40,500 in fines.
Nelson hopes the penalties, mostly for violations of rules on fuel and suspension systems, will convince everyone that NASCAR is vigilant.
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