NYSS Penalty Box

August 18, 2019 WCIS

Attention Nick Robinson

This letter is to inform you and the New York Super Stock Competitors. After the race at Wyoming County International Speedway on August 3rd, 2019. The cylinder heads on the #15 car were inspected in post race inspection. The part number and casting numbers looked questionable. At that time we did not have a number matching cylinder head to compare it too. Pictures were taken of both #15 cylinder heads. The next day pictures were compared to multiple sets of cylinder heads with matching casting numbers. After this comparison the heads were suspected to be altered. We talked to the engine builder on Sunday August 4th. He wanted till Tuesday August 6th to research the discrepancy. Tuesday came and the #15 engine builder admitted the cylinder head part numbers had been altered and it was not a Stock GM cylinder head per what the rules want. We talked to Nick Friday August 9th about what was needed to race again. The engine needed to be repaired to proper NYSS rules. The engine needed to be pre inspected before the next race. Also the illegal cylinders heads needed to be turned over for inspection for (2) weeks. Friday August 16th the #15 went through pre engine inspection. The engine failed for too high of compression. The results were #1 cylinder at 10.4 at 95 degrees. And #6 cylinder was 10.3 at 95 degrees. The declared cubic inches was 350 + .020 (353 Cu in). The car was not allowed to race that night for competition. Nick used the Chemung #22 for racing after that car went through pre-race inspection for that event. With this being said. With race teams voicing their opinions. The next event for the #15 car, is to go through and pass pre-race inspection prior to any kind of practice, heats, feature and so on. If this car fails pre inspection the driver and car will not be eligible for competition. From this date until August 18, 2021. The #15 Nick Robinson is on probation for rule violations. This includes pre-race or post-race inspections. If the #15 of Nick Robinson is caught violating the rule book he will be suspended from competition for (2) calendar years from the violation date. 


August 4, 2018 Spencer Speedway

Attention: Chris Finocchario

Pursuant to the 2018 New York Super Stock Rules of Conduct section entitled Penalties and Violations, subsection (2), you both are being fined $100 for your use of profanity and unprofessional behavior in front of race fans, officials and management during victory lane following the second feature race of the Twin Twenties July 27, 2018. Such lewd language and unprofessional behavior was picked up by the microphone and broadcasted over the loud speaker and was heard by many young children, fans and sponsors. This type of language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Please be advised that shall you choose to engage in such behavior in future races, you are on notice that penalties shall be more severe.  

August 4, 2018-Spencer Speedway

Attention: Nick Robinson

Pursuant to the 2018 New York Super Stock Rules of Conduct section entitled Penalties and Violations, subsection (2), you both are being fined $100 for your use of profanity and unprofessional behavior in front of race fans, officials and management during victory lane following the second feature race of the Twin Twenties July 27, 2018. Such lewd language and unprofessional behavior was picked up by the microphone and broadcasted over the loud speaker and was heard by many young children, fans and sponsors. This type of language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Please be advised that shall you choose to engage in such behavior in future races, you are on notice that penalties shall be more severe.  

June 9, 2018-Spencer Speedway

Attention: Zack Willis:

This letter is to inform that on June 1st 2018 during post race inspection. We found a crankshaft rule infraction. To confirm the infraction you agreed to let a series official inspect the crankshaft with the engine removed. Unfortunately the crank shaft did not meet the rule. As we discussed that you will have your primary engine in the car for the next race. This new engine will be inspected after the race. This is not easy on us as a series or for the race team. We appreciate you taking care of this in a professional manor.

[6. Forged crank shaft legal. Minimum crankshaft weight is 48 lbs (pounds). Counterweights may not be altered in any way. No pendulum & No undercut counter weights. No gundrilled cranks. Normal balancing only. Crank shafts must be stock stroke for the block. Rod and main bearings must be stock size (will allow up to.050 for clean up).]


September 21, 2017- Evergreen Raceway

Attention: Mike Nichols:

This letter is to inform that your actions on September 17th at Evergreen Raceway will not be tolerated. We appreciate your teams support. But for us to direct a race in a professional and timely manor we need ALL drivers to have the one way radio working. You & I have had discussions in the past about your radio not working. You received a warning after the B Main that you must have a working radio for the feature event. But you still refused to use a radio during the feature race. This is a complete disrespect to your fellow drivers, officials, and all the fans. That was your last warning. Next time you try to race without a working radio you will be immediately parked, loss of points, & loss of all and any money from the night. You have also earned yourself a $150.00 fine.  

(Safety/General: 12. One way to track radio only, Channel 454.000. Scanners allowed. Recommend a monitor radio by Waddel Communication 860-573-8821 www.waddellcommunications.com. Raceceivers are not recommended. NO RADIO NO RACING. Being able to hear the race director is key to the show running in a timely fashion. We will not tolerate the driver not being able to hear properly.)



September 21, 2017 - Spencer Speedway

Attention: Chris Finocchario:

This letter is to inform that on August 25th during post race inspection. We found a crankshaft rule infraction. You lost all points and money won due to this. We as a series asked you to make the engine right before you could race again with us. You did as asked and brought the replacement crankshaft to the machine shop to be inspected. This crankshaft meets all the specs and was marked and dated. This is not easy on us as a series or for the race team. We appreciate you taking care of this in a timely manor.

[Engines:6. Forged crank shaft legal. Minimum crankshaft weight is 48 lbs (pounds). Counterweights may not be altered in any way. Normal balancing only. Crank shafts must be stock stroke for the block. Rod and main bearings must be stock size (will allow up to.050 for clean up).]


 August 10, 2017 Spencer Speedway

Attention: Zak Petrie: 

On probation for two events. 
Not following driver’s meeting instructions regarding lap car/slow car driving line and ignoring a call from an official. 

Attention: William Strusz: 

On probation for two events.
Not following driver’s meeting instructions regarding risky on track driving choices. 

Attention: Joe Mancuso: 

On probation for two events, and reasons for car not passing pre-tech.
Arguing over known rules regarding car numbering and registration.

Regarding the car: 
I. The rear trailing arms were found in non-compliance with
Section: Rear Axle:
3. All rear ends must be a leaf spring or four link suspensions. Adjustable rear upper & lower control arms allowed. Rear arms stock length +/- 1.00”. [Only] Steel, rubber or mono ball bushings allowed. NO truck arm style arms.
And Section: Suspension/Steering:
11. Heim’s allowed for inner and outer tie rods only.
II. The front lower a-frames were found in non-compliance with
Section: Suspension/Steering:
1.Stock Type or Johnson Chassis (front) lower control arms (No modifications allowed)
III. The front frame has been heavily modified or repaired and will not be allowed to race in its current condition. 
General Chassis Rules:
6. Frame must remain stock from front to rear. Frame behind suspension may be replaced with 2×3 inch box tubing. Johnson Chassis metric frame, clip & components allowed.


July 1, 2017 Adirondack International Speedway

Attention: Mr. Zak Petrie:

    This letter is to inform you that the actions of your crew during the July 1st Adirondack Race will not be tolerated. We appreciate your teams support. We understand that you had mechanical problems and were trying to get on the track. But when your crew was told to park the car for the evening one of the crew member became aggressive and started cursing at an official. They did calm down but there is no need for this behavior. Our officials are volunteer and do not deserve to be talked to this way and will NOT be tolerated.  

    If you have any other problems with your crew like this again during a New York Super Stock race you will be subject to suspension and fined.

2017 NYSS Rule #5
(5. We expect courteous conduct from all participants at all times. We DO NOT and WILL NOT tolerate profanity or profane gestures in front of the race fans, officials, and/or management. Negative slander attempting to deface the speedway, officials, competitors and/or fans on the internet by a driver, crew member or fan is prohibited and is the responsibility or the driver/team owner to control. No profanity or vulgar words or symbols/signs on racecars, haulers, and shirts/apparel.)

July 1, 2017 Adirondack International Speedway

Attention: Mr. Jim Steffenhagen Jr.:

    This letter is to inform you that your actions during the July 1st Adirondack Race will not be tolerated. We appreciate your teams support. And we all wanted to see you make it safely back on the track. But when told by the officials that you needed to go to the pits due to the door falling off you ignored a direct official order. Your actions were a hazard to the other drivers. You put other drivers safety at risk by not going directly into the pits. At the time you did not pull off, the tower stopped scoring your car. This behavior will NOT be tolerated. When an official tells you over the radio to go into the pits you MUST obey them and show respect for not only them but for the sport & other drivers.

    If you fail to comply with any orders given over the radio from an official during a New York Super Stock race you will be subject to suspension and/or fines.