SALEM, Ind. – Champion Racing Ass’n officials announced that Dalton Armstrong, the winner of the most recent ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Anderson Speedway, has been disqualified for an illegally altered tire.
CRA officials took samples from the top three finishers at the event, sealed the samples, signed by the teams and delivered to an independent laboratory for detailed analysis. The lab used by CRA for testing is the same lab used by the top racing organizations in the country, including NASCAR and the World of Outlaws.
The sample taken from the RW Motorsports car driven by Armstrong was found to not conform to the Hoosier submitted benchmark and were analyzed in duplicate to confirm the original scan result, which is laboratory protocol. The duplicate results matched the original results, thus confirming the tire samples from their car did not meet the Hoosier submitted benchmark. The samples taken from the second and third-place finishers were found to conform to the Hoosier submitted benchmark.
As a result of these findings, CRA officials disqualified Armstrong and have placed he and the RW Motorsports team on probation for one year. Greg Van Alst, who was scored second at the checkered flag, has been declared the winner of the race.
Additionally, CRA officials plan to announce new, stiffer penalties for infractions of these types, noting that the current penalty structure is not serving as a big enough deterrent.