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Penalty Roundup: Kobalt 400

Penalty Roundup: Kobalt 400

by March 10, 2015 0 comments

Photo credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two days removed from the completion of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NASCAR has officially announced that two teams that competed in the race have been hit with penalties coming out of Sunday’s race.

Team Penske’s No. 2 team and HScott Motorsports’s No. 51 team have both been penalized for rules infractions discovered during post-race inspection following Sunday’s race.

The No. 2 team was tagged with a P2 level penalty for an issue discovered with the team’s side skirts on the body of their car.

The team was found in violation of sections 12.1, 20.4.b, and 20.4.2 of the NASCAR rulebook, which state as follows…

12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;

20.4.b: Body – All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication, and installation variability;

20.4.2: Surface Conformance – Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment, and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files.

As a result of these infractions, Paul Wolfe, crew chief for the No. 2 team, has been placed on probation by NASCAR through December 31st.

The No. 51 team was hit with a P3 level penalty after their vehicle was found to be light on the weight scales during post-race inspection.

The team was found in violation of sections 12.1, 20.3.5, and 20.17.2.2 of the NASCAR rulebook, which state as follows…

12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;

20.3.5: Added ballast containers:

a. Any and all ballast added to the vehicle must be bolted inside an added ballast container, inside the main frame rails, and/or inside the front sway bar.

b. Added ballast must be secured in a manner that will prevent movement of the ballast during an event.

20.17.2.2: Overall vehicle weight after competition:

b. After a vehicle has raced, only water in the radiator, oil in the engine reservoir tank, and fuel in the fuel cell may be added. Wheels and tires may not be changed, unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR Officials.

c. After a vehicle has raced, the minimum overall vehicle weight of all vehicles must be within 0.5% of the minimum overall vehicle weight required at the start of the race.

As a result of these violations, crew chief for the No. 51 car, Steve Addington, was fined $25,000 by NASCAR.

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
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