After the race at Darlington Sunday night, NASCAR reported that Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson had failed the laser portion of post-race inspection.
On Wednesday, NASCAR handed down penalties related to those failed inspections.
Ryan Newman and the Richard Childress Racing team were docked 15 driver and owner points, and the number 31 car crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $25,000. The loss of 15 points puts an extra strain on Newman who is currently the first driver out of contention for a spot in The Chase. Prior to the penalty, Newman was only seven points behind Jamie McMurray; after the penalty Newman is 22 back of McMurray.
This was not the first time that the number 31 team has been docked points for a major infraction. In March, the Richard Chidress Racing teams was docked 10 points after NASCAR deemed that the team used unapproved body parts on the car. At that time number 31 crew chief Luke Lambert was put on probation for the rest of the year.
Car owner Richard Childress stated that the team would not be appealing the penalty. Speaking on the decision Childress said, “We do not plan to appeal the penalty issued today to the number 31 team. Our rear toe settings were well within specs during pre race inspection. The car made contact with the outside wall during the race and there was clear damage to the right rear fender and tire. NASCAR has told us that the LIS standard is clear and the car must pass post-race inspection even if damage has been sustained.”
The number 42 car of Chip Ganassi Racing team driven by Kyle Larson was also docked 15 points for failing to pass the laser segment of post-ace inspection, as was car owner Chip Ganassi. Kyle Larson won his first race earlier this season and has a spot in The Chase with the “win and you’re in” format. Crew chief Chad Johnson was fined $22,500.
NASCAR issued a penalty to driver Ryan Blaney of the Wood Brothers number 21 car. Darlington was a throwback weekend, but according to NASCAR, Blaney got a little too authentic with his throwback theme when he went out on the track for practice without his driving gloves. NASCAR cited Blaney with a safety equipment infraction and fined him $1,000.
After receiving a written warning for failing laser inspection three times, NASCAR has docked the number 19 driven by Carl Edwards and the number two of Brad Keselowski 15 minutes of practice time at Richmond this coming weekend. Richmond is the final race before The Chase.
The number 22 car of Joey Logano and the number 32 car of Jeffrey Earnhardt both failed pre-race laser inspection twice and were issued written warnings.
The number 14 of Tony Stewart failed pre-race template inspection twice and was issued a written warning.
The Xfinity Racing team of Ryan Preece failed pre-race laser inspection twice and was issued a written warning.
While NASCAR has yet to determine what penalties, if any, for the end of race and post-race confrontations in the Camping World Truck race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park involving Cole Custer and John Hunter Nemechek, the governing body issued a written warning to the number 02 car of Austin Hill and the number eight of John Hunter Nemechek for their truck trailing arms not meeting the proper specifications.
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