NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the #83 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions found on Tuesday during a Martinsville post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-2.1-D (exterior sheet metal body parts did not meet the specified minimum thickness) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. As a result, both the crew chief, Kevin Hamlin, and the car chief, Craig Smokstad, have been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR. Additionally, Hamlin has been fined $100,000. river Brian Vickers and owner Dietrich Mateschitz have been penalized with the loss of 150 driver and 150 owner points, respectively.(NASCAR PR) That is from Jayski.com and now i ask. What the hell does the driver have to do with the car AT ALL. The driver these days barely makes it to the shop during the week, he shows up just a bit before practice, qualifying and the race as he is very seldom in the garage just hanging out. Yet NASCAR seems to think that they have to take away points from an innocent bystander. This is not 1960 or 70 when these teams only had 2 or 3 members. NASCAR or anyone else out there who knows, answer the question. The problem is you cant cause you have been doing it all alone and to step away from it now would be saying you were wrong in the past. WELL YOU WERE!!!