NASCAR Issues Chicagoland Penalties

NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series began their 10 race playoffs this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.


During the race there were a number of penalties issued for speeding on pit road and lug nuts and loose wheels caused a number of issues for some drivers.

On September 19, NASCAR issued penalties for the Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series races at Chicagoland.

After just missing his first Monster Cup win, Chase Elliott’s number 24 Hendrick Motorsports car was tagged with an L1 penalty by NASCAR. In post race inspection, officials found that the 24 car had violated the modification of components that affected the aerodynamic properties of the car.

Due to the penalty, Elliott’s second place win has been deemed encumbered and cannot be counted toward the playoffs. Crew chief Alan Gustofson and car chief Joshua Kirk have both been suspended for one race and Gustofson has been fined $25,000. Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott have been docked 15 owner and driver points from the infraction. As a result of the penalty, Elliott drops from sixth place in the field of 16 to eighth place. In round one of the playoffs, the field of 16 is cut to just 12 drivers.

Hendrick Motorsports has issued a statement in which they indicated that they would not appeal the decision.

In other NASCAR penalties, the Joe Gibbs Racing Monster Energy Cup Series car number 20 driven by Matt Kenseth was charged with not having all 20 of his lug nuts properly tightened. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was fined $10,000 for the infraction.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing car driven by Darrell Wallace Jr was also charged with having a loose lug nut. Crew chief Jonathan Hanson was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

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