Penalty Roundup: Chicagolandby Kyle Pokrefky September 23, 2015 0 comments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A slew of penalties have been announced by NASCAR against two separate Sprint Cup and two separate XFINITY teams for infractions discovered during the past race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 15 team was handed the toughest penalty of the weekend for an infraction discovered on opening day inspection on Friday.
The team was assessed a P4 penalty for being in violation of sections of the rulebook involved with the track bar underneath the car.
As a result of these penalties, crew chief Billy Scott was suspended for the next three Sprint Cup races, fined $75,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the next six months.
Perhaps the heaviest blow dealt to the team was the 25-point deduction from driver Clint Bowyer’s points total. A driver in the Chase, Bowyer’s points earned from his 19th-place performance at Chicagoland Speedway was all for naught as his points total was reset to 2000 – making Bowyer the last driver in the Chase standings.
The No. 15 team was also docked 25 owner points from the owners standings.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 team was also issued a P2 penalty for being found in violation of sections 12.1, 20.4b and 20.4.2a of the NASCAR Rulebook.
The team was found to have modified the right-side quarter panel behind the rear wheel during pre-qualifying inspection and was thus assessed a penalty.
Both crew chief Daniel Knost and car chief Pete White were placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st.
At the XFINITY Series level, two Joe Gibbs Racing teams were assessed penalties following Saturday night’s Furious 7 300.
The race winning No. 54 Monster Energy team was assessed a P2 penalty after being measured as being too low in all four corners of the car following the win by driver Kyle Busch.
As a result of the penalty, crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st.
The team was also penalized 10 points in the owners championship.
The No. 18 team was also penalized for an infraction that occurred during the pre-race of Saturday’s 200-lap event after it was discovered that the team modified the right-side side skirt following pre-race inspection.
As a result, crew chief Eric P. Phillips was placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st as was crew member John P. Egbert Jr.
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