Three Cup Teams Receive Written Warnings Exiting Las Vegas

Three Cup Teams Receive Written Warnings Exiting Las Vegas

by March 9, 2016 0 comments

Three Sprint Cup teams have been issued written warnings exiting last week’s Kobalt 400 race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The three teams to receive warnings were Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 team, Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 team and Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 team.

The No. 19 and 78 teams were each issued their warnings for having failed template inspection twice prior to qualifying on Friday. The No. 31 team’s warning came after failing laser inspection twice prior to Sunday’s 267-lap race.

None of the teams will be docked any practice time for this upcoming weekend’s Good Sam 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway.

For the No. 31 crew, the written warning marks the second week in a row that the team has appeared on NASCAR’s weekly post-event penalty and warning report.

Exiting Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the team was issued a P2 penalty following pre-race inspection that handed crew chief Luke Lambert a $15,000 fine and a spot on NASCAR’s probation list until the end of the year. 10 driver and owner points were also taken from the team.

For the No. 78 team, they have now appeared on all three points races’ post-event penalty and warning reports.

Exiting Daytona, the team was hit with a P2 penalty following pre-qualifying inspection with the only punishment being crew chief Cole Pearn being placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st. At Atlanta one week later, the team was assessed a P3 penalty after a rules infraction was discovered during pre-race inspection. As a result of the penalties coming out of Atlanta, Pearn was suspended one race, fined $50,000 and the team lost 15 driver and owners points.

After announcing their intentions to appeal the penalty following Atlanta, Pearn served as crew chief for the No. 78 car at Las Vegas. Leaving Vegas, Furniture Row announced that they were to drop their appeal and thus Pearn will serve his suspension through this weekend at Phoenix. Todd Berrier will serve as interim crew chief for the team during Pearn’s absence.

Photo Credit: Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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