NASCAR Issues Talladega Penalties

After the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 8, the number 43 Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Aric Almirola failed post race inspection during the laser station segment of the inspection.


As a result of the penalty, crew chief for the 43 car Drew Blickenserfer has been fined $65,000 and suspended for the next three Monster Energy Cup Series races. The penalty does not include the All Star Race on May 20. If Petty Motorsports decides to appeal the ruling, Blickenserfer will remain with the team until the appeal is heard and a ruling is made.

Also included in the penalty is a loss of 35 car owner points and 35 driver points. The points deduction nearly wipes out the 37 points that Almirola earned for his fourth place finish.

The number seven Chevrolet of Tommy Baldwin Racing that was driven by Elliott Sadler also received a penalty when it was discovered to have a loose lug nut in post race inspection. Crew chief Ken Davis has been fined $10,000.

In their final appeal hearing, the Penske Racing team learned that their penalties levied against the number two car driven by Brad Keselowski after the Camping World 500 race at Phoenix in March have been upheld.

The ruling results in crew Chief Paul Wolfe having to complete his four race suspension. Wolf will also have to pay a $65,000 fine and the team has been docked 35 owner and 35 driver points.

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