NASCAR Penalties, Fines & Suspensions 2016


  • According to the numbers provided by NASCAR, in 158 appeals heard since November 1999
    110 were upheld, 34 were reduced, 11 were overturned and in two cases the penalties were increased.

  • APPEALS - results 1999 to current
    158 total appeals
    110 upheld
    34 reduced
    12 overturned / rescinded
    2 increased
    (NASCAR, updated here since)(11-5-2015)

  • FINAL APPEALS - results 1999 to current
    19 total final appeals
    14 upheld
    4 reduced
    1 overturned
    (NASCAR, updated here since)(thru last final appeal 11-5-2015)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Points Penalties for the 2016 season
    #78-Truex, Jr., 10 drivers/owners points, failed post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements at Richmond in September.
    #31-Ryan Newman, 15 drivers/owners points, failed post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements at Darlington in September.
    #42-Kyle Larson, 15 drivers/owners points, failed post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements at Darlington in September.
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 15 drivers/owners points, failed post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements at NHMS in July
    #42-Kyle Larson, 15 drivers/owners points, failed post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements at Michigan in June
    #16-Greg Biffle, 15 drivers/owners points, failed post-race chassis measurements at Charlotte in May.
    #5-Kasey Kahne, 15 drivers/owners points, failing the laser tech post-race inspection at Dover in May
    #78-Martin Truex Jr., 15 drivers/owners points, roof flap violation at Atlanta
    #47-AJ Allmendinger, 10 drivers/owners points, illegal body attachment mounts/supports at Atlanta
    #3-Austin Dillon, 10 drivers/owners points, illegal body attachment mounts/supports at Atlanta
    #27-Paul Menard, 10 drivers/owners points, illegal body attachment mounts/supports at Atlanta
    #31-Ryan Newman, 10 drivers/owners points, illegal body attachment mounts/supports at Atlanta
    #95-Michael McDowell, 10 drivers/owners points, illegal body attachment mounts/supports at Atlanta

  • What happens to the money from the penalties?
    As of the start of the 2008 season, all money collected from fines issued to drivers go to NASCAR,
    then NASCAR donates the money to the NASCAR Foundation for its charitable initiatives.
    The drivers do NOT get a tax deduction on fines.
    Before 2008, the money collected from driver/crew member penalties are generally placed into the Drivers Points Fund awarded at the end of the season.

  • For records, current Appeals Panel Members, National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, past season links, some rules and more.....:
    go to Jayski.com's NASCAR Penalties Main page


Sprint Cup Series Penalties / Suspensions

  • Phoenix warnings/fines announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Can-Am 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2016.
    Adam Stevens, the crew chief for #18-Kyle Busch, was fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed after the race.
    #2-Keselowski (3), failed LIS three times, pre-race, written warning, loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #2-Keselowski (2), failed template inspection twice, pre-race, written warning.
    #22-Logano (1), #24-Elliott (2), #98-Sorenson (3), failed LIS twice, pre-race, written warning.
    #10-Patrick (1), failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    #78-Truex Jr. (2), #95-McDowell (2), failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying, written warning
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Phoenix Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(11-16-2016)

  • Texas warnings/fines announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016.
    Todd Gordon, the crew chief for #22-Joey Logano, was fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed after the race.
    #4-Harvick(2), #14-Stewart(3), #19-Edwards(1), #78-Truex Jr.(1), failed template inspection three times, pre-qualifying, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #47-Allmendinger (2) Failed LIS three times, pre-qualifying, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time
    #3-Dillon(3), #23-Ragan(3), failed LIS twice, pre-race, written warning.
    #3-Dillon(3), #16-Biffle(0 - served in Texas), failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    #6-Bayne(0; penalty served in Texas), #11-Hamlin(0; penalty served in Texas), #18-Busch(2), #20-Kenseth(1), #41-Busch(1), #83-DiBenedetto(2), failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Texas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(11-9-2016)

  • Hamlin could set a record for speeding penalties: #11-Denny Hamlin is one pit road speeding penalty away from tying the mark for the most in a season in the past 10 years. Hamlin, who is among the drivers still eligible for the championship, has been penalized 10 times for speeding on pit road this year. Over the last 10 years, only Ryan Newman and David Gilliland have had more penalties for speeding on pit road in a season, according to Racing Insights Inc. Newman had 11 in 2008; Gilliland had 11 in 2012. Hamlin could tie - or top the mark - this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He was caught speeding on pit road in this race a year ago. Six drivers - #16-Biffle, #42-Larson, #27-Menard, #31-Newman, #23-Ragan, and #17-Stenhouse, Jr. - have each been caught 7 times this season.(NBC Sports)(11-3-2016)

  • Martinsville warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 30, 2016.
    #93-DiBenedetto (1), Failed LIS three times in pre-qualifying inspection. Given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #6-Bayne (3), Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection and was given a written warning.
    #11-Hamlin (3), Failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection and was given a written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Matinsville Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(11-2-2016)

  • Talladega warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2016.
    #5-Kahne (0; penalty served in Talladega) & #78-Truex, Jr. (0; penalty served in Talladega) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings.
    #32-Labonte (0; penalty served in Talladega) & #47-Allmendinger (1) Failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Talladega Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-26-2016)

  • Kansas warnings/fines announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on October 16, 2016.
    Greg Ives, the crew chief for #88-Alex Bowman, was fined $10,000 for lug nut(s) not properly installed after the race.
    #20-Kenseth, failed LIS three times, pre-race. written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #19-Edwards(4), #42-Larson (4) and #78-Truex Jr. (3) Failed LIS twice, pre-race, written warning.
    Edwards & Larson also loss of pit selection at Talladega for 4th violation.
    #3-Dillon(1) and #7-Smith(1), failed template inspection twice, pre-race, written warning.
    #55-Whitt(2), failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    #1-McMurray(0; penalty served in Kansas) & #78-Truex Jr.(3), failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying, written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Kansas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-19-2016)

  • Kyle Busch, Larson penalized for swerving after Charlotte race: #18-Kyle Busch and #42-Kyle Larson were held out of the first 30 minutes of practice at Kansas Speedway as punishment for swerving after Sunday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "You swerve, and you're sitting," vice president of competition Scott Miller said Friday. "That's about all there is to it." It's the first instance in which the infraction has been enforced. NASCAR executive vice president chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell warned Sprint Cup drivers before the Sept. 25 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway of penalties for swerving, which teams have employed to help ensure their cars pass the Laser Inspection Station. Asked whether the teams of Busch and Larson specifically were warned, Miller said the New Hampshire announcement "was pretty specific to what's happening" and noted NASCAR has been analyzing postrace video.(NBC Sports)(10-14-2016)

  • Charlotte warnings announced: NASCAR has announced warnings following the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 9.
    #27-Menard (1) failed LIS three times in pre-qualifying inspection, was given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #30-Wise (3) failed template inspection three times in pre-qualifying inspection, was given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #6-Bayne (2), #7-Smith (4), #20-Kenseth (3), #41-Busch (4), #42-Larson (3), #78-Truex, Jr. (1), and #88-Bowman (2) failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings.
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. (3), #20-Kenseth (3), #23-Ragan (2), #24-Elliott (1), #31-Newman (0; penalty served in Charlotte), #34-Buescher (2), and #43-Almirola (3) failed LIS twice in pre-qualifying inspection and were given w #4-Harvick (1), #10-Patrick (0; penalty served in Charlotte), #14-Stewart (2), and #88-Bowman (2) failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection and were given written warnings.
    () -- Total current warnings.
    See the Charlotte Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-12-2016)

  • Dover penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced warnings following the Citizen Soldier 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on October 2nd.
    #30-Josh Wise's Chevy failed pre-race laser tech inspection three times and received a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time (will be served in at Charlotte's first practice on Thursday).
    #27-Paul Menard's Chevy failed pre-qualifying laser tech inspection three times and received a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time (will be served in at Charlotte's first practice on Thursday).
    #4-Kevin Harvick, #46-Michael Annett, #47-A.J. Allmendinger and #88-Jeff Gordon's teams received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection twice, serving their penalties at Dover as each was at the limit of four warnings, all are reset to 0.
    #6-Trevor Bayne(has 1 warning), #19-Carl Edwards(3), #23-David Ragan(1) teams received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection twice.
    See the Dover Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-5-2016)

  • New Hampshire warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2016.
    #7-Smith (3) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection, written warning.
    #4-Harvick (3), #5-Kahne (3), #7-Smith (3), #16-Biffle (3), #83-DiBenedetto (1) Failed LIS twice in pre-qualifying inspection, written warning #11-Hamlin (2) Failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection, written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)

  • Chicago penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2016.
    #43-Almirola failed post-race inspection and was issued a P3 penalty for violation of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 - Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer has been fined $10,000.
    #16-Biffle failed post-race inspection and was issued a P3 penalty for violation of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 - Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief Brian Pattie has been fined $10,000.
    #14-Stewart (1) Warning Failed template inspection three times, pre-race inspection and was issued a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #10-Patrick (3), #41-Busch (3) - Failed LIS twice, pre-race inspection and were issued written warnings.
    Chicagoland #2-Keselowski 2 (1), #24-Elliott (4), #48-Johnson (1), #88-Bowman (3) - Failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection and were issued written warnings.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Chicago Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-21-2016)

  • Richmond penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on September 10, 2016.
    #78-Truex, Jr was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 20.17.3.1.2 (Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) measurements.) Crew chief Cole Pearn has been fined $15,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points (pre-Chase points reset)
    #7-Smith (1) Failed LIS three times in pre-qualifying inspection. Given a written Warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #16-Biffle (2), #18-Busch (1), #22-Logano (0; penalty served in Richmond), #78-Truex, Jr. (0; penalty served in Richmond) Failed LIS twice in pre-qualifying inspection. Given written warnings.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Richmond Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-14-2016)

  • Darlington penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2016.
    #31-Newman failed post-race inspection. He was issued a P3 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 20.17.3.1.2 - Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements. Crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined $25,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
    #42-Larson failed post-race inspection. He was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 20.17.3.1.2; 12.5.3.3.3 - Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements. Crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $22,500; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
    #21-Ryan Blaney was given a P1 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 12.5.3.2.1; 20.2.1.1 - Improper driver protective clothing/equipment. Blaney has been fined $1,000.
    #2-Keselowski (4), #19-Edwards (2). Failed LIS three times in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice time.
    #22-Logano (3), #32-Earnhardt (3). Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning.
    #14-Stewart (4), Failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection. Given a written Warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Darlington Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-7-2016)

  • Michigan penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Pure Michigan 400 race at Michigan International Speedway on August 28st.
    #2-Keselowski Failed the post-race laser inspection station (LIS) measurements. The team was issued a P2 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 20.17.3.1.2. Crew chief Paul Wolfe has been fined $15,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #2-Keselowski (3), #7-Smith (4), #31-Newman (3), #95-McDowell (1; penalty served in Michigan). Failed LIS twice, pre-race inspection. Written Warning.
    #30-Wise (1), #95-McDowell (1; penalty served in Michigan). Failed LIS three times, pre-qualifying inspection. Written warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice time.
    #5-Kahne (2), #24-Elliott (3), #46-Annett (3). Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying inspection. Written Warning.
    #6-Bayne (0; penalty served in Michigan), #7-Smith (4), #42-Larson (2). Failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying inspection. Written Warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Michigan Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-31-2016)

  • Bristol penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21st.
    #11-Hamlin(1 total current warning), #18-Busch(4), #31-Newman(2) and #78-Truex Jr.(3) teams received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection(LSI) twice. The #18 team will lose their pit stall selection at Michigan due to having a 4th current warning.
    #22-Logano's (2) team received a written warning for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection(LIS) twice
    See the Bristol Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-24-2016)

  • Watkins Glen warnings announced UPDATE: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on August 7th.
    #21-Blaney (4), Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection, written Warning
    #42-Larson (1), Failed template inspection twice, prequalifying inspection, written Warning
    #21-Blaney (4), Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying inspection, written Warning
    In addition, crew member Michael Casto has received a behavioral penalty for violation of NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy and had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.
    See the Watkins Glen Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-10-2016)
    UPDATE: Jackman Mike Casto was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance-abuse policy. Casto, who missed the start of the season because of a shoulder injury, was Kevin Harvick's jackman at Stewart-Haas Racing until June and then moved to the Front Row Motorsports car of Landon Cassill, according to the web site pittalks.com. Because SHR provides a pit crew to the Cassill team, Front Row Motorsports referred questions to SHR. An SHR spokesman said the team does not comment on personnel matters.(ESPN.com)(8-11-2016)

  • Large number of pit road penalties at Waktins Glen: This past weekend there were seven penalties called on pit crews by seven different teams. It's the second highest penalties since the first race of the year which had a total of twelve penalties. The main reason for this...Watkins Glen. The penalties laid out like this: (2) Crewmen over the wall too soon, (3) Tire not in control, and (2) Tossing or throwing fuel fillers. Two of the three penalties that were called we see almost every week or every other week. The "Crewman over the wall too soon" and "Tire not in control" are both penalties that are common. This particular race had a few more than normal because of the where they were racing. I mentioned it earlier in a post before WG that leaving early would get a few teams because the timing of this stop is not what a normal stop is. The "Tire not in control" penalty on the #19 was another victim of track. Because the stops are backwards they had their right front tire get away and that would never happen on a normal stop. The last two penalties of "Tossing Fuel Fillers" is 100% because of WG. Everyone knows fuel is huge at this place and teams are pushing the limits to max out their fuel while doing a fast stop. Its comes as no secret that some teams got busted trying to hurry up the stop and move cans faster than NASCAR liked. These 7 penalties from today bring the year total of pit crew related penalties on pit road to a total of 80.(PitTalks)(8-10-2016)

  • Pocono penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on August 1st.
    #41-Kurt Busch team has been assessed a P2-level penalty after NASCAR officials found the right rear quarter panel was modified after race inspection last weekend at Pocono Raceway. Tony Gibson, crew chief for the Stewart-Haas Racing #41 team, was fined $10,000 and will continue to be on NASCAR Probation through Dec. 31. The infraction was found in sections 12.1; 20.4, 20.4.16 and 20.4.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book, all pertaining to body specifications and including, "All braces used to support fenders and quarter panels must be straight." Busch was sent to the rear of the field to start the race for the unapproved body modification.
    The gas man for the #34 team of race winner Chris Buescher, Josh Patch, was fined $1,000 and the team was assessed a P1 penalty for safety violations at Pocono. NASCAR pit-road officiating found Patch was "on the service side of the pit wall with face shield up." Sections 12.1 and 12.5.3.2.1 of the NASCAR Rule Book apply.
    The #7-Regan Smith and #23-David Ragan cars failed pre-race laser inspection twice on Sunday. The #13-Casey Mears and #95-Michael McDowell failed pre-qualifying laser inspection twice on Saturday. And the #7, #23, and #42-Kyle Larson cars failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice. All received written warnings.
    Three teams received written warnings and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time after having inspection trouble. #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth and #78-Martin Truex Jr. all failed pre-qualifying template inspection three times on Saturday.(NASCAR)
    See the Pocono Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-4-2016)

  • Indianapolis Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24th.
    #4-Kevin Harvick was given a P3 penalty for violations of Section 12.1; Section 10.11.3.4 [Lug Nut(s) not properly installed]. Crew chief (Rodney Childers) has been fined $20,000 and suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through August 3, 2016 and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2016.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #5-Kahne (1), #27-Menard (3), #83-Dibenedetto (4), Failed LIS twice during pre-race inspection, written warning
    #41-Busch (2), #43-Almirola (2), Failed template inspection twice, prequalifying inspection, written warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report(pdf) for more.(7-20-2016)

  • New Hampshire Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17th.
    #20-Matt Kenseth was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12.1; 20.17.3.1.2 [Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) measurements]. Crew chief (Jason Ratcliff) has been fined $25,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #3-Dillon (4), Failed LIS three times, pre-race inspection, Written warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice time
    #4-Harvick (2), Failed template inspection three times, prequalifying inspection, Written warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice time
    #22-Logano (1), Failed LIS twice, pre-race inspection, Written Warning
    #1-McMurray (3), #3-Dillon (4), #6-Bayne (3), #10-Patrick (2), #14_Stewart (3), #15-Bowyer (2), #19-Edwards (1), #21-Blaney (2), #42-Larson (3), #47-Allmendinger (3), #83-DiBenedetto (3), Failed template inpection twice, prequalifying inspection, Written Warning
    #19_Edwards (1), Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying inspection, Written Warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report(pdf) for more.(7-20-2016)

  • Daytona penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on July 2nd.
    It was a pretty light week for penalties as in Cup, only #1-Jamie McMurray's Chevy failed LIS(laser tech inspection) pre-race inspection twice and the team was given a warning
    On the XFINITY Series side, Darrell Wallace was fined $15,000 for a behavioral level issue "Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership" (section Section 12.8.1.b of the rules book). Wallace tweeted: "Got the muppets up there officiating tonight! Never know how to react under pressure... Whatta joke"
    after the XFINITY Series race at Daytona on Friday night (see more on Jayski.com's XFINITY Series page).
    See the Daytona Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(7-6-2016)

  • Sonoma warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Toyota / SaveMart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on June 26th.
    #20-Matt Kenseth's Toyota received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice (which added up to 4, so the team lost its pit selection choice at Sonoma).
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was given a written warning for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.
    See the Dover Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-30-2016)

  • Michigan Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on June 12th.
    #42-Kyle Larson was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 20.17.3.1.2 (Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements). Interim Crew chief (Philip Surgen) has been fined $25,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points
    The following warnings were issued:
    #15-Bowyer (1), Failed LIS twice in, pre-race, Written warning
    #2-Keselowski (2), #16-Biffle (1), #23-Ragan (2), #46-Annett (2), Failed LIS three times, pre-qualifying, Written warning/loss of 15 min. practice time
    #32-Earnhardt (2), #44-Scott (3), #78-Truex, Jr. (1), #88-Earnhardt, Jr. (1), Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying, Written warning
    #14-Stewart (2), #17-Stenhouse, Jr. (2), #24-Elliott (2), #34-Buescher (1), #41-Busch (1), #47-Allmendinger (2), #55-Whitt (1), #78-Truex, Jr., Failed template inspection twice, prequalifying, Written warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the Michigan Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-15-2016)

  • Pocono Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on June 6th.
    #42-Kyle Larson was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 a; 12.5.3.4.1 p [Lug nut(s) not properly installed]. Crew chief (Chad Johnston) has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 15 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The violation was found during post-race inspection.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #7-Regan Smith (4), & #83-DiBenedetto (2) failed laser inspection twice in pre-race inspection. The teams were given written warnings
    #1-McMurray (1) Failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection. The team was given a written warning.
    #43-Almirola (1) failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection. The team was given a written warning.
    #10-Patrick (1) & #95-Dillon (2) failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection. The teams were given written warnings.
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the Pocono Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-8-2016)

  • Charlotte Post-race penalties and warnings: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.
    #16-Greg Biffle was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 20.4.1; 20.4.2 a,b,c; 12.5.3.4.1 c. [failed postrace chassis measurements] Crew chief Brian Pattie has been fined $50,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 15, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; the team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points. The violation was found during post-race inspection.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 a; 12.5.3.4.1 p [lugnut missing] Crew chief Randall Burnett has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship points events through June 8 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The violation occurred during the race.
    #41-Kurt Busch was given a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 a [lugnuts not all secure] Crew chief Tony Gibson has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship points events through June 8 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The violation occurred during the race.
    #14-Tony Stewart was given a P2 penalty for violations Sections 20.4 b; 20.4.2 a; 12.1; 12.5.3.3.2 d [illegal body modifications] Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The violation was found during prerace inspection.
    The following warnings were issued:
    #27-Menard (2) Failed template inspection three times, prequalifying inspection and was given a written warning and penalized a loss of 15 min. of practice time.
    #20-Kenseth (3), #43-Almirola Failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection and were given written warnings.
    #43-Almirola, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt, Jr Failed template inspection twice in prequalifying inspection and were given written warnings.
    See the Charlotte Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-1-2016)

  • Cup crew member suspended 2nd time for violating substance abuse policy: A crew member in the Sprint Cup Series has been indefinitely suspended a second time in his career for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Kelly Johnson, who most recently worked as a jackman with Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy), was indefinitely suspended Tuesday for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. It's his second violation in less than two years. Johnson was indefinitely suspended for violation of the policy in November 2014 and reinstated in January 2015 after completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery program.(Motorsport)(5-25-2016)

  • Dover penalties/warnings announced; Kahne docked 15 points: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on May 15th.
    #5-Kasey Kahne's Chevy for failing the laser tech post-race inspection, crew chief Keith Rodden fined $25,000; team/driver has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points (drops Kahne from 16th to 20th in the standings), Hendrick Motorsports has announced they will not appeal the penalty.
    A crew member of #23-David Ragan's BK Racing team was fined $1,000 for failure to properly wear or secure mandatory safety apparel or equipment in accordance with the NASCAR Rules.
    #7-Regan Smith, #42-Kyle Larson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice
    #24-Chase Elliott given a written warning for failing pre-race template inspection twice.
    See the Dover Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(5-18-2016)

  • Kansas post-race warnings; #18 crew chief suspended: NASCAR has issued one penalty and several written warnings following the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway:
    The #18 team of Kyle Busch has been given a P3 penalty for violating the lugnut rule. Crew chief Adam Stevens has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through May 18, placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; front tire changer has been suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through May 18 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31;
    #43-Almirola & #78-Treux, Jr. failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection and were given written warnings;
    #7-Smith, #43-Almirola, #47-Allmendinger, and #48-Johnson failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection and were given written warnings.
    See the Kansas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(5-11-2016)

  • Talladega post-race warnings: Three teams were issued warnings following the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:
    #44-Scott, failed LASER inspection twice, written warning;
    #98-Whitt failed template inspection twice, written warning;
    #48-Johnson, failed template inspection three times, written warning, loss of 15 min. practice time.
    All infractions were found in pre-race inspection.
    See the Talladega Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(5-4-2016)

  • Richmond post-race penalties and warnings; #17 crew chief suspended: Following the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, the team of #17-Stenhouse, Jr. team was given P3 penalty for violation of Section 20.13.I-1.d. [related to the steering system]. Stenhouse, Jr's crew chief, Nick Sandler, has been fined $20,000, suspended from one race, and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. The violation was found on opening day inspection.
    In addition, the #48-Johnson and #14-Stewart teams were given written warnings. The #48 team failed template inspection twice The #14 team failed laser inspection twice. Both violations were found in pre-race inspection.
    See the Richmond Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(4-27-2016)

  • Hamlin comments on driver council's reaction to Stewart fine: #11-Denny Hamlin was made available to the media at Richmond International Raceway Friday afternoon.
    Q: Why did the driver's council make the statement supporting Tony Stewart's comments?
    Hamlin: "I think it kind of shows a unity amongst us. It really has nothing to do with lug nuts or no lug nuts or anything like that, it's more so the drivers believing that they have a right to express their opinion especially when asked in an interview. We try to do our best to give honest answers and sometimes those aren't always the best thing. I know at times I've been very guilty of being too honest at times or too opinionated at times and it costs you a nickel or two. We just think that there should be a little bit of leniency there for someone that knows a lot about our sport and has been in our sport a long time. He gave his opinion and especially when it's something on safety too. I think it's pretty important. As far as what we believe, it's all said in the statement. Everything I'm telling you here is my opinion and my opinion only."
    Q: Where is the line when it comes to comments from drivers?
    Hamlin: "I don't know where the line is, I don't know if there is a line - obviously there is a line, but obviously we just believe that you should be able to express your opinion as long as you're not just totally trashing the sport itself or anything like that. I think every situation is different, but we'll just move forward from it."
    Q: How has the driver's council evolved and what is the direction of the council overall?
    Hamlin: "I think that the driver's interests and the owner's interests is 95 percent aligned most of the time. There's some things that we feel like we would like to see changed, sometimes it doesn't align with what NASCAR thinks or what the teams think, but I think that this was a pretty black and white thing from a driver's perspective to have a guy that's coming back and is in the middle of an interview and gets asked a question and he responds to the question and gets fined for it. That to us was a moment and I think for us it just shows solidarity that we're all in this together as the drivers and we want to have one voice because that one voice is obviously a little louder and clearer to NASCAR when we go into meetings talking about where it's going to head from competition to safety and amongst other things. I think that its grown a lot over the last year and our communication as drivers, the barriers that we have, those have been broken down tremendously over the last year to two. Our meetings with NASCAR have changed the sport and will continue to change the sport for many years. Mostly it's all positive, every now and then we feel like we should show solidarity to a guy whose done a lot for the sport and we still don't want to be so politically correct all the time and have to filter our thoughts and think about it because we have sponsors on our cars or owners we have to answer to or NASCAR, sometimes you just want to say what you feel and we feel like you should be able to do that at times."
    Q: How did the discussion come about to pay Tony Stewart's fine?
    Hamlin: "I think it's more of a council thing. Obviously we chat on a daily basis about issues within our sport or things we'd like to work on or change or stay the same. When Tony (Stewart) informed us of the fine, we didn't agree with it and no one agreed with it and we thought there was something we should do about it. This was a way for us to send a message back to NASCAR, not that we were trying to send any specific message that we just believe that we should have the right to speak our opinion. I don't know whether everyone agrees with the opinion he had or not, but it doesn't matter. It's what he was asked so he answered the question. I think that was the biggest thing for us. We should have the right to speak our opinion."
    Q: Have you heard from the series about the statement yet?
    Hamlin: "Nothing from the series at all, but I'm sure we'll all hear something at some point."
    (Toyota Racing)(4-22-2016)

  • Stewart says lug nut rule is a safety issue UPDATES: #14-Tony Stewart is "beyond mad" with NASCAR over the sanctioning body's lack of lug nut enforcement on pit road, the driver/team owner said Wednesday. NASCAR stopped requiring teams to put all five lug nuts on its wheels at the start of last season, part of a new pit road technology initiative that also saw a reduction of its officiating force. With officials no longer in every pit box, NASCAR said it was up to the teams whether they should put all five lug nuts on the wheel or not. But teams have been pushing the limit by only securing as few as three lug nuts, creating an epidemic of loose wheels in the sport. And Stewart said it's only a matter of time before that ends badly. "I guarantee you that envelope is going to keep getting pushed until somebody gets hurt," Stewart said. "You will not have heard a rant that's going to be as bad as what's going to come out of my mouth if a driver gets hurt because of a loose wheel that hurts one of them. With all the crap we're going through with all the safety stuff, and for them to sit there and sit on their hands on this one ... this is not a game you play with safety and that's exactly the way I feel like NASCAR is treating this. This is not the way to do this." Stewart said NASCAR overall has done a fine job on safety -- such as mandating safety changes to superspeedway cars in technical bulletins -- but said "in this one particular area, they are totally dropping the ball and I feel like really made a grossly bad decision on."(USA Today)(4-21-2016)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has fined Stewart-Haas Racing driver and co-owner Tony Stewart $35,000 for violations of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book, the sanctioning body announced Thursday. Stewart's fine falls under Section 12 of the rule book, specifically member conduct guidelines. According to Section 12.8.1, actions that could result in a $10,000-$50,000 fine include disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership, or verbal abuse of a NASCAR Official, media members, fans, etc. Stewart announced earlier Thursday that he would return to the #14 Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond after missing the first eight races due to injury.(NASCAR.com)(4-21-2016)
    UPDATE 2: The Sprint Cup Drivers Council released a statement Thursday night on Tony Stewart's punishment from NASCAR, supporting the three-time champion and announcing it would pay his $35,000 fine. The statement was released exclusively to NBC Sports through Drivers Council member Denny Hamlin. The statement reads:
    "We as drivers believe Tony has the right to speak his opinion on topics that pertain to a sport that he has spent nearly two decades helping build as both a driver and an owner. While we do not condone drivers lashing out freely at NASCAR, we do feel Tony was in his rights to state his opinion. We as a Council support him and do not agree with the fine. Therefore, we fellow council members have agreed to contribute equally to paying his fine."
    The Drivers Council was formed last year and meets periodically with NASCAR to discuss various issues from competition to safety. It added Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch this year to a group that included returning members Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stewart, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.(NBC Sports)(4-22-2016)

  • Bristol Warnings issued: NASCAR has issued written warnings to Sprint Cup teams following the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The teams of #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #88-Earnhardt, Jr were warned for failing template inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection. The team of #6-Bayne was warned for failing laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection. See the Bristol Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(4-20-2016)

  • Texas penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced no penalties but a few warnings following the race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: car failed laser inspection (LIS) three times in pre-qualifying;
    #6-Trevor Bayne: car failed laser inspection three times in pre-race;
    Both Keselowski and Bayne were given written warnings and will lose 15 minutes of practice time at Bristol.
    #18-Kyle Busch and #23-David Ragan: cars failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying and teams given written warnings.
    #3-Austin Dillon and #42-Kyle Larson: cars failed laser inspection twice in pre-race and teams given written warnings.
    See the Texas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(4-13-2016)

  • Patrick comments on Auto Club fine: Frustration boiled over two races ago in California when [Danica Patrick] was hooked by Kasey Kahne and slammed into the wall. Patrick walked up the apron of the track to hold her hands out, palms up, when Kahne drove by -- and NASCAR promptly fined her $20,000 for walking on the apron or track toward moving cars. "I understand NASCAR has to do whatever they can to protect their drivers and making sure that we don't put ourselves in harm's way," Patrick said. "Did I feel like I was in danger? Absolutely not. It's my own body. I don't want to put my body in danger at all. But then you start working into gray areas of, well, what's too close and what's not close? So I get their position. But some of the most exciting throwback videos you see of NASCAR is of drivers getting all rowdy and getting mad. ... You can't do things that completely eliminate the spirit of the sport." The rule was instituted after Tony Stewart accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint-car race in August 2014. Ward was out on the track, and Stewart has said he didn't see Ward until just before his car struck the 20-year-old. Patrick's fine was the same as the one issued last year to Trevor Bayne, who crossed the track after an accident just to get to the infield before safety workers got to him. "I get that it's 2016, and we can get smarter and better, and there are certain things that cross the line, and I guess that they deemed that I did," Patrick said. "When I did it, it wasn't like I thought, 'I don't care if I get fined, I'm going to walk out [there].' It literally didn't enter my mind. So I think that's the challenge. ... When I did that, I was just really giving the universal 'WTF' sign to him like, 'I can't believe you just did that to me.'"(ESPN.com)(4-8-2016)

  • Martinsville post-race penalties & warnings: #18-Kyle Busch was given a written warning following the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The #18 team failed laser inspection twice during pre-race inspection.(4-6-2016)

  • Auto Club Speedway penalties announced: NASCAR has announced penalties following the race weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
    #10-Danica Patrick has been fined $20,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through the completion of the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Points Races. She violated section 10.4.2.1.a "At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron. At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle."
    Kyle Busch was fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the next four NASCAR Championship Points Races through April 27 for his actions following the XFINITY race. He violated section 10.4.2.i -"The second and third place drivers must report to the media center for post-race interviews upon the conclusion of the Race unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR"
    In addition, the following warnings were issued:
    #19-Carl Edwards: Failed laser inspection twice in pre-race;
    #95-Michael McDowell: Trailing arm did not meet specifications;
    #20-Matt Kenseth: Failed template inspection twice in pre-qualifying;
    #3-Austin Dillon, #20-Matt Kenseth, #21-Ryan Blaney, #27-Paul Menard: Failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying.
    See the Auto Club Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(3-24-2016)

  • Three teams given written warnings for failing Phoenix inspections: Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams were warned for failing inspection at Phoenix International Raceway. #78-Martin Truex Jr. was given a written warning by NASCAR for failing NASCAR's Laser Inspection System twice in pre-race inspection. #38-Landon Cassill's car failed template inspection twice before qualifying at Phoenix and was given a warning. #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car failed the Laser Inspection System three times in pre-race inspection and was given a warning and will lose 15 minutes of practice time on Friday at Auto Club Speedway. See the Phoenix Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(3-16-2016)

  • NASCAR issues warnings from Las Vegas: NASCAR issued the following written warnings following Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    #19-Carl Edwards & #78-Martin Truex, Jr. failed template inspection twice during prequalifying inspection. #31-Ryan Newman failed the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-race inspection.
    In addition, crew member Christopher Jamieson was suspended for violating NASCAR substance abuse policy.(NASCAR), see full report on the Las Vegas Post-Event Penalties page (pdf).(3-9-2016)

  • Pit road penalties up this year: Just three races into the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season and there seems to be a trend developing: a growing number of pit road penalties. There were a total of 19 pit road penalties in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, starting with pole-sitter #41-Kurt Busch being too fast on pit road on Lap 32 of the 267-lap event. The #41 Stewart-Haas Racing driver was not alone in his faults, seven other drivers accumulated a race-total of eight speeding penalties on pit road. Race winner Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson, Regan Smith and AJ Allmendinger all received speeding penalties.
    Pit road drama also was prevalent the week before at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as Matt Kenseth received a black flag in the race. During a pit stop on Lap 117, the gas man for the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew placed a tool on the rear of Kenseth's Toyota, which is illegal and resulted in a penalty for improper fueling. Kenseth was unaware of his penalty and stayed out after receiving the black flag with a white cross from NASCAR officials, signaling the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion was no longer being scored as completing a lap. He served his penalty and ended up two laps down.
    While much of the fault can be placed on drivers for pit road penalties, the teams' crew members have played a huge role in the infractions. Besides this year's Daytona 500 having the closest finish in NASCAR history, the "Great American Race" also produced the most modern-day pit road infractions (12) caused by pit crews. This is the second year of NASCAR's Pit Road Officiating system, a camera-operated technology that captures pit stop footage during a race, and as NASCAR officials have learned more about the system since last season, pit crews are wising up any little way they can. NASCAR's managing director of technology field and media operations, George Grippo, previously explained in January that crew members are now wearing shoes that match the color of pit road. The similar color could jumble up officials determining whether a team member has come over the wall too soon.(NASCAR.com)(3-9-2016)

  • Furniture Row to drop appeal of penalty? UPDATE: By the start of the Kobalt 400 on Sunday in Las Vegas, NASCAR had not yet received word from Furniture Row Racing that it was officially withdrawing its appeal of crew chief Cole Pearn's one-race suspension. FOX reported during the early portion of Sunday's race that Pearn told the network the team would withdraw its appeal and he would serve the one-race suspension issued to him as punishment next week at Phoenix. The team was found to have illegal roof flaps before the Atlanta event. It resulted in a P3 penalty that included a $50,000 fine, 15-point deductions of championship driver points and owner points and Pearn's suspension. The team initially said it would appeal the punishment because it was a "safety issue" not something that resulted in a competitive edge. Furniture Row officials told NASCAR.com the team had no official announcement regarding its appeal.(NASCAR.com)(3-7-2016)
    UPDATE: Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, has informed NASCAR it has withdrawn the appeal for a prerace infraction at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Garone, who met with NASCAR officials, said he was satisfied with the clarification of the penalty and was appreciative of the sanctioning body's cooperation on this matter. Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn will serve his one-race suspension at this weekend's NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Phoenix. Subbing for Pearn on race day in Phoenix will be former Furniture Row Racing crew chief Todd Berrier, who is now the director of fabrication at Joe Gibbs Racing. Berrier will call the race strategy on top the pit box for Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota. "Being able to secure the services of Todd for Phoenix was an incredible and selfless gesture by Joe Gibbs Racing," said Garone. "We are very proud to have a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and are deeply grateful for its quick response to offer assistance. I also want to thank Todd. He has plenty on his plate and to go the extra mile to help us out is appreciated by everyone at Furniture Row Racing." Berrier and Pearn have had a long-standing relationship as co-workers. Berrier was the crew chief at Furniture Row Racing from July 2012 through the 2014 season while Pearn served as the team's lead race engineer during the same period. Berrier and Pearn also worked together at Richard Childress Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing.(Furniture Row Racing)(3-8-2016)

  • Atlanta Post-Event Penalties announced: NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report from Atlanta on Wednesday, among the penalties announced:
    #78 Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn has been fined $50,000, suspended from the next NSCS championship event [Las Vegas] and remains on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver [Martin Truex Jr.] points for a roof flap violation at Atlanta.
    #78 Team Statement: The following statement is attributed to Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. "Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (Wednesday), the #78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty. The one-race suspension to Cole Pearn and monetary fine are temporarily deferred until the conclusion of the appeal hearing (FRR).
    #47 JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief Randall Burnett has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver [AJ Allmendinger] points for illegal body attachment mounts/supports.
    Crew chiefs from the #3 (Slugger Labbe), #27 (Jason Alexander) & #31 (Luke Lambert) Richard Childress Racing teams and #95 Circle Racing - Leavine Family Racing team (Dave Winston) have been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; teams have been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell) points for illegal body attachment mounts/supports.
    #32 Go Fas Racing team of Jeffrey Earnhardt failed template inspection three times, pre-qualifying and received a written warning/loss of 15 min. practice time.
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #98-Cole Whitt failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying and received a written warning.(NASCAR)
    Pearn has appealed the suspension and will be at Las Vegas this weekend.
    see full report on the Atlanta Post-Event Penalties Page (pdf).(3-2-2016)

  • No word yet on penalties for the #78 on roof flap violation UPDATE: NASCAR is not expected to announce until next week if Furniture Row Racing will be penalized further for a roof flap violation discovered while Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota was in line for qualifying Sunday. A series official noticed an issue with the roof flap and the car was sent back to the inspection area. The team was unable to leave the garage area in time to make a qualifying attempt. Truex will start at the rear of his qualifying race Thursday night. "Honestly, I can't tell you what happened," said Joe Garone, team president, about the issue with the roof flap. "We haven't had any conversation with NASCAR other than the fact it didn't fit tight against the roof. Rather than push it down, which it would have gone down, they had us take it back to the inspection bay to look at it. I understand they wanted to look at it. Where they took the car to look at it was so far away. They kind of waited a little bit and said we were on the five-minute clock before we even left pit road and then we had to push it a quarter mile or half mile down to inspection and then get enough people over there to look at it and then we were out of time to go back out." If NASCAR finds an issue with a car on the qualifying grid, it has the car return to the inspection area. At most tracks, the inspection area is much closer than it is at Daytona.(NBC Sports)(2-19-2016)
    UPDATE: #78 crew chief Cole Pearn was issued a P2 penalty Tuesday for violations of Sections 12.1 [Actions detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR] and 20.4.7.6 [roof flap assembly]. He has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(NASCAR)
    see full report on the Daytona Post-Event Penalties Page (pdf).(2-24-2015)

  • NASCAR defines penalties for behavioral infractions: NASCAR has defined penalties for various behavioral infractions, including possible suspensions for drivers intentionally wrecking another vehicle in attempting to manipulate the outcome of the race or championship. NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Jim Cassidy said the rules announced Friday aren't designed to be any tougher on the actions, only to define the potential penalties where before NASCAR had no penalty guidelines for specific behavioral actions. Last year, Kenseth said he didn't think he would get suspended for intentionally wrecking race leader and potential championship candidate Joey Logano while nine laps down at Martinsville. "I wouldn't tie this to any one specific event that has happened, but I would say what we've learned after talking to everybody is that everybody wants to understand more clearly where possible what potential ramifications will be in different scenarios, and this is an effort to go down that road," Cassidy said.
    Those sanctions would come under the penalty guidelines for premeditatedly removing another competitor from champion contention in a dangerous manner when not racing for position. NASCAR says that targeting another driver who is in a "highly vulnerable position" such as when stopped with a window net lowered or with significant race damage would elicit a similar response. NASCAR specifically notes that it expects contact and that racing can be heated and that there will be times that "hard and sometimes aggressive racing while contesting a position that could result in routine racing contact." It also notes that a shoving match, shouting match or general venting in the heat of the moment after the race would elicit only a "mild response" of a warning or probation.
    Actions that could result in a $10,000 to $50,000 fine would be disparaging the sport leadership, verbal abuse of NASCAR officials, media or fans and intentionally damaging another vehicle under yellow or red flag conditions or on pit road with no one else around.
    Actions that could result in a points penalty of 25-50 points, a fine of $50,000-$100,000 and a one-race suspension would include intentionally wrecking another competitor, manipulating the outcome of the race or championship and physical confrontations.
    NASCAR did not define penalties for disparaging comments on "race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapping condition." Penalties for that violation -- as well as criminal violations such as domestic assault -- would result "in a fine and/or indefinite suspension or termination." The new rule said NASCAR would consider when the incident occurs, the ramifications to the sport, a driver's past history and impact to safety. All penalties can be appealed.(ESPN)(2-20-2016)


XFINITY Series Penalties

  • Two loose lug nuts for Sadler after Phoenix race UPDATES: Elliott Sadler's #1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet had 18 of 20 lug nuts safe and secure following Saturday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, a development that will have implications for next week's championship race. Sadler finished 13th on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway, his finish good enough to advance to the Championship 4 next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Officials took a close look at the car's lug nuts following the Ticket Galaxy 200, where they discovered two were either loose or missing. It's the second consecutive week lug nut issues plagued the #1 team. As a result, crew chief Kevin Meendering will be suspended for the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller told NBCSN after the race.(NASCAR.com)(11-12-2016)
    UPDATE: JR Motorsports race operations manager Mike Bumgarner will serve as crew chief of the #1 OneMain Financial team this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as driver Elliott Sadler vies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.(JR Motorsports)(11-15-2016)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has announced warnings and penalties following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12th.
    #1-Sadler was issued a P3 penalty for violation of Section 10.11.3.4 - Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Kevin Meendering) has been fined $10,000 and suspended from all 2016 NASCAR Series Championship Points Events at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #3-Ty Dillon (2), #15-D.J. Kennington (1), #18-Kyle Busch (2), #20-Erik Jones (2), #33-Brandon Jones (2), #60-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (1) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings.
    See the Phoenix Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.

  • Harvick and Gaughan cars too low after XFINITY race UPDATES: NASCAR announced after Saturday's Xfinity race that #1-Elliott Sadler's car had 19 of 20 lug nuts secured and that the cars of #88-Kevin Harvick and #62-Brendan Gaughan were too low in the rear. Sadler's team faces a P2 penalty of a $5,000 fine since this is a first occurrence. There would be no points penalty. The JR Motorsports team of Harvick and Richard Childress Racing team of Gaughan face a P2 penalty for being too low in the rear. John Hunter Nemechek's Camping World Truck Series team was docked 10 points after New Hampshire in September for a similar infraction.(NBC Sports)(11-5-2016)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has announced warnings and penalties following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5th.
    #62-Gaughan - P2 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 20.17.3.2.2 Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes*. Post-race incorrect ground clearance and/or body heights measurements. Crew chief (Shane Wilson) has been fined $10,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points.
    #88-Harvick - P2 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 20.17.3.2.2 Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes*. Post-race incorrect ground clearance and/or body heights measurements. Crew chief (Dave Elenz) has been fined $10,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points.
    #1-Sadler - P2 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 10.11.3.4. Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Kevin Meendering) has been fined $5,000.
    #18-Tifft (2), Failed template inspection four times in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time
    #3-Dillon (2), #20-Erik Jones (2), Failed template inspection three times in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning.
    #2-Dillon (2), #88-Harvick (1), Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning.
    See the Texas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.
    UPDATE 2: A three-member panel upheld a P2-grade penalty to the JR Motorsports #88 team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the conclusion of an expedited appeals hearing Wednesday. Kevin Harvick drove the #88 Chevrolet to a third-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but the JRM entry did not meet the proper height requirement in the rear during a post-race inspection. The penalties were affirmed Wednesday by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. The team had the option of a final appeal to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but it declined. The panel members who heard Wednesday's appeal were: Dale Pinilis, longtime operator of NASCAR-affiliated Bowman Gray Stadium; former premier series driver Lake Speed; and Kevin Whitaker, owner of Greenville-Pickens Speedway, another historic weekly NASCAR track.(NASCAR.com)(11-9-2016)

  • Kansas XFINITY warnings announced: NASCAR has announced warnings following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kansas Speedway on October 15.
    #5-Cole Custer (2), #86-Brandon Brown (1) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings
    #48-Brennan Poole (1), #70-Derrike Cope (2) Failed template inspection three times in pre-race inspection and were give written warnings.
    See the Kansas Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-19-2016)

  • Charlotte warning announced: NASCAR has announced a warning following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 9.
    #3-Ty Dillon (1) failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection and was given a written warning.
    See the Charlotte Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-12-2016)

  • Dover penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced a warning following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway on October 1.
    #20-Erik Jones (1) failed template inspection three times in pre-race inspection and was given a written warning.
    See the Charlotte Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-5-2016)

  • Kentucky warnings announced: NASCAR has announced warnings following the XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway on September 24, 2016.
    #18-Matt Tifft (1), #51-Jeremy Clements (2) Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection, written Warning
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)

  • Chicago XFINITY warning announced: NASCAR has announced a warning following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2016.
    #2-Menard (1), Failed template inspection three times in pre-race inspection and was given a written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Chicago Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-21-2016)

  • Darlington warning announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 3, 2016.
    #01-Preece (2). Failed Laser inspection twice in pre-race and was given a written Warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Darlington Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-7-2016)

  • Road America warning announced: NASCAR has announced a warning following the Road America 180 on August 27th.
    #18-Kelly (0; penalty served in Road America), Failed LIS twice, pre-race inspection. Written warning.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Road America Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(8-31-2016)

  • Bristol XFINITY warnings issued: NASCAR has announced a warning following the Bristol XFINITY Series race.
    #3-Ty Dillon (0), Failed laser inspection twice in pre-race inspection; penalty served in Bristol)
    #93-David Starr (1), Failed laser inspection twice in pre-race inspection; given a written warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the Bristol Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report(pdf) for more.(8-24-2016)

  • New Hampshire Post-race and warning: NASCAR has announced a warnings following the New Hampshire XFINITY Series race.
    #3-Dillon (3), Failed template inspection three times in prequalifying inspection, written warning
    ()--Total current warnings
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report(pdf) for more.(7-20-2016)

  • Wallace upset with officials UPDATE: Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race ended in controversy, as there was a big crash on the backstretch on the last lap, but the caution flag was not displayed until the leaders were in Turn 4, about 15 seconds later. After officials checked the scoring loops and TV footage, Aric Almirola was declared the race winner over Justin Allgaier. After the race ended, one of the drivers who wasn't happy with the ending was Roush Fenway Racing's Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, who got wrecked in the last-lap melee and was also spun out earlier in the race. Wallace took to Twitter to vent his displeasure.(FOXSports)"Got the muppets up there officiating tonight! Never know how to react under pressure... Whatta joke," Wallace wrote on his Twitter.(7-2-2016)
    UPDATE: Darrell Wallace, Jr. has been fined $15,000 for his behavioral infraction for his comments following Daytona.
    Wallace was fined under Section 12.1 of the Rule Book - NASCAR Member Conduct. He also was cited for Section 12.8.a and 12.8.1.b.
    Section 12.8.a reads: NASCAR membership is a privilege. With that privilege comes certain benefits, responsibilities and obligations. Correct and proper conduct, both on and off the race track, is part of a Member's responsibilities. A Member's actions can reflect upon the sport as a whole and on other NASCAR Members. Ideally, NASCAR Members are role models for the many fans who follow this sport, regardless of the type of license a Member may hold, or the specific Series in which a Member may participate. Therefore, NASCAR views a Member's conduct, both on and off the race track, which might constitute a behavioral rules violations under this Rule Book with great importance.
    Section 12.8.1.b reads: Member actions that could result in a $5,000-$25,000 fine and/or probation:
    Disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR's leadership; Verbal abuse of a NASCAR Official, media members, fans, etc.;Intentionally damaging another vehicle under yellow or red flag conditions or on pit road with no one around.(NBC Sports)(7-6-2016)

  • Iowa Post-race penalties: NASCAR has announced the following warnings and penalties following the E15 250 XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway on June 19th.
    #1-Elliott Sadler, #20_Erik Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski were given P2 penalties for violation of Sections 12-1; 20.4 b; 20.4.2 a [Right side body panel was modified after race inspection]. Crew chiefs (Kevin Meendering, #1; Chris Gabehart, #20; Brian Wilson, #22) have been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31
    #7-Justin Allgaier, #18-Sam Hornish, Jr., #88-Alex Bowman were given P2 penalties for violation of Sections 12-1; 20.4 b; 20.4.2 a [Right side body panel was modified after race inspection]. Crew chiefs (Jason Burdett, #7; Chris Gayle, #18; David Elenz, #88) have been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31
    #16-Reed (2) - Failed Failed Laser Inspection Station three times in pre-race inspection. Issued a written warning and loses of 15 min. practice time
    #1-Elliott Sadler (2), #13-Harrison Rhodes (1), #19-Daniel Suarez(1) - Failed Laser Inspection Station twice in pre-race inspection. Issued written warnings
    See the Iowa Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-22-2016)

  • Michigan Post-race penalties: NASCAR has announced a penalty following the Menards 250 XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway on June 11th.
    #22-Logano was given a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12-1; 20.17.3.1.2 (Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements). Crew chief (Brian Wilson) has been fined $7,500 and the team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points
    See the Michigan Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-15-2016)

  • Charlotte warnings issued: #16-Ryan Reed and #18-Denny Hamlin's teams failed template inspection three times in pre-qualifying inspection and were given written warnings.
    See the Charlotte Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(6-1-2016)

  • Talladega post-race warnings: Several XFINITY teams have been issued warnings following the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway:
    #0-Smithley, #4-Chastain, #18-Tifft, #43-Burton, #70-Cope, #85-Gerhart: Failed LASER inspection twice, written warning
    #3-Ty Dillon, failed LASER inspection three times, written warning, loss of 15 min. practice time
    All infractions were found in pre-race inspection.
    See the Talladega Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(5-4-2016)

  • Bristol warnings issued; #3 crew chief suspend 1 race: The #33 team of Brandon Jones has been given a written warning and lost 15 minutes of practice time at Richmond for failing laser inspection three times in pre-race inspection at Bristol.
    The #3 team of Ty Dillon was given a P3 penalty for the following violations: Sections 20.4.13 ; 20.4.13.1 a,b,c,d [spoiler deck lid assembly]; 12.5.3.4.1 c. Crew chief Nick Harrison has been fined $10,000, suspended for one race, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The violation was found on opening day inspection. See the Bristol Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(4-20-2016)

  • Erik Jones fails post-race inspection: In post-race inspection, Erik Jones' #20 was cited for rear toe outside of tolerance when measured by the laser inspection station. NASCAR will address possible sanctions at next week's competition meeting.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-12-2016)
    UPDATE: The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Erik Jones has been penalized following the XFINITY race at Phoenix. The team's crew chief has been fined $5,000.
    In addition the #21 team of Spencer Gallagher has been given a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection 3 times during pre-race inspection. In addition, the team will lose 15 minutes of practice time at Auto Club Speedway.(NASCAR)
    See the Phoenix Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(3-16-2016)

  • Atlanta XFINITY Penalties: The #2 Richard Childress Racing team, driven by Paul Menard, has been given a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 12.5.3.3.1 g; 20.17.3.1.2 [post-race inspection measurements]of the rule book. Crew chief Danny Stockman has been fined $5,000. The violation was found in post-race inspection.
    The #1, #3, #11, #24, #33, and #51 teams were given a written warning for failing the last inspection system twice. The violations were found in pre-race inspection.(NASCAR)(3-2-2016)

  • Atlanta Warning: The #86 team of Brandon Brown has been given a written warning following the Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a Truck trailing arm did that not meet specifications.(NASCAR)(3-2-2016)

  • Daytona Warnings: Written warnings were issued to the teams of #40-Derek White, #0-Eric McClure, and #99-Chris Fontaine following the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The #40 team was warned because the lower coil spring mount did not meet specifications. The #0 & #99 teams were warned because rear jack screws did not meet specifications. All violations were found during opening day inspection on February 18, 2016.(NASCAR)(2-24-2016)


Camping World Truck Series Penalties

  • Talladega warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2016.
    #44-Martins (1) Failed heights & weights measurements three times in pre-race inspection and was given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    #02-Lupton (2), #19-Hemric (1), #29-Reddick (1) Failed heights & weights measurements twice in pre-race inspection and were given written warnings.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the Talladega Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(10-269-2016)

  • New Hampshire penalties / warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24, 2016.
    #8-John Hunter Nemechek was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 20.17.3.3.2 (Top Spitter Shelf Height). Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Crew chief (Gere Kennon) has been fined $6,000 and NASCAR probation continues through Dec. 31, 2016; team owner and driver assessed with the loss of 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship points.
    #50-Travis Kvapil (1) Failed template inspection four times in pre-race inspection, written warning and loss of 15 minutes practice time.
    () -- total current warnings.
    See the New Hampshire Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-29-2016)

  • Winning Chicagoland truck fails post race UPDATE: NASCAR says Kyle Busch's winning truck in Friday night's race has failed inspection for being too low in the rear. Any penalties for the #18 Toyota will be announced in the coming week.Busch won his 46th Truck Series race when he pulled away on an overtime restart at Chicagoland Speedway, ending the hopes for many full-time series drivers needing a win to quality for the Chase for the championship playoff. NASCAR didn't announce any technical issues after the race but confirmed the failed inspection Saturday morning.(FOX Sports)(9-18-2016)
    UPDATE: Crew chief Wes Ward has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2016; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points for post-race height measurements outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.
    See the Chicagoland Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(9-21-2016)

  • Penalty for Young, Nemechek following Canada: The #02 of Tyler Young and #8 of race-winner John Hunter Nemechek were issued written warnings following the race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for having truck trailing arms that did not meet rule specifications during opening day inspection. See the Canada Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(9-7-2016)

  • Gallagher fined following Michigan: Driver Spencer Gallagher has been fined $5,000 for a behavioral infraction following last week's race at Michigan International Speedway. Gallagher approached the racing surface or apron during the event. See the Michigan Michigan Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf).(8-31-2016)

  • Brown crew chief penalized following Kentucky: Crew chief Adam Brenner has been fined $5,000, suspended from all NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points events through July 27 and placed on NASCAR Probation through Dec. 31. The #86 driven by Brandon Brown was found to have lug nuts not properly installed during post race inspection.(NASCAR)(7-13-2016)

  • Townley, Gallagher have altercation following crash UPDATE 3: John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher wrecked, then wrestled and finally threw a number of punches in Saturday night's Drivin for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.Townley was the aggressor, coming down the track after he and Gallagher exited their respective wrecked trucks on Lap 154, grabbing Gallagher in a headlock and threw him to the ground. They clinched and tossed each other around several times, falling to the pavement again, and then Townley appeared to land at least five punches to Gallagher's head, while Gallagher appeared to land just one punch in retaliation. None of the safety workers interceded, prompting a lengthy delay before a NASCAR official arrived on scene and broke up the pair. The race was red flagged for a third time so that the track could be cleaned up. Both drivers were taken to the infield care center to be examined for injuries - in separate ambulances.(NBC Sports)(6-26-2016)
    UPDATE: Spencer Gallagher issued a statement regarding his role in the incident: "I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry. The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night. I would also like to apologize to my team owner, who wholeheartedly believes in this organization and expects all of us to perform at our best at all times, no matter the situation. And finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the NASCAR community - representatives and fans. I love this sport just as much as all of you and I am ashamed that I was part of an incident that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light."(GMS Racing)(6-27-2016)
    UPDATE 2: A NASCAR executive stated Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that "there will be repercussions" for the incident between John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher during Saturday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. Townley and Gallagher had contact during the race that caused Townley's truck to hit the wall. They both wrecked in the final laps. After exiting their vehicles, they soon began scuffling, tumbling to the track and throwing a few punches.
    "We'll look at the all the video feeds we have, we certainly talked to both drivers postrace," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We'll have our discussions. We'll kind of have an evaluation and talk to everyone about where we stand from that. Certainly not our best moment, for sure, two passionate drivers. That's part of things sometimes when emotions run high, but certainly don't like to see that to occur when they're especially on the racetrack."
    "We certainly like to see drivers who are going to express their emotions be outside of a race car, that's where we really, really jump in and react when it's drivers using their race cars beyond what is normal for a race," O'Donnell said. "We're going to react heavily when we have to. There will still be repercussions for sure. We want to make sure drivers, if they're going to do anything, are outside of their car but certainly don't encourage what happened at Gateway." (NBC Sports)(6-27-2016)
    UPDATE 3: John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been fined and penalized following their physical altercation at Gateway last Saturday. Driver (John Wes Townley) has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Driver (Spencer Gallagher) has been fined $12,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(6-29-2016)

  • NEMCO team fails post race in Iowa UPDATE: After finishing 12th, John Hunter Nemechek failed post-race inspection with his #8 NEMCO Chevy found to be too low in the right rear. Any penalties will be announced next week.(Motorsport)(6-19-2016)
    UPDATE: The #8 team crew chief Gere Kennon has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points. Caleb Holman, driver of the #75 has been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. for exiting the Truck and approached the racing surface or apron before being attended to by track safety team.(NASCAR)
    See the Iowa Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf)(6-22-2016)

  • Penalties following Charlotte: The #30 team was handed down a P3 penalty for an infraction during opening day inspection at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Crew chief Mark Rette was fined $5,000. The #41 team received a written warning following an infraction during opening day inspection: truck trailing arms did not meet specifications.(NASCAR)(5-24-2016)

  • Suarez truck has issues in post race UPDATE 2: ESPN's Bob Pockrass posted on his Twitter that the truck of second place finisher at Dover on Friday, Daniel Suarez, was found to be too high in post race inspection. Any penalties will be handed down next week.(5-13-2016)
    UPDATE: The team was penalized for a P2 infraction. Crew chief (Kevin Manion) has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner points. Additionally, the #07 team received a written warning for Truck trailing arms failing to meet specifications during opening day inspection. (NASCAR)(5-18-2016) UPDATE 2: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel announced Wednesday that it has upheld the penalties against Kyle Busch Motorsports for a penalty issued to the #51 Camping World Truck Series team last month at Dover International Speedway. Daniel Suarez's second-place vehicle was found to violate the tailgate height rule in post-race inspection. NASCAR docked the team 10 owner points, fined crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion $6,000 and placed Graves on probation through Dec. 31. The matter was heard by Tim Bennett, Richard Gore and Russell Hackett. Kyle Busch Motorsports has not announced if it will appeal Wednesday's decision to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer.)NBC Sports)(6-1-2016)

  • Martinsville post-race penalties & warnings: #22-Austin Wayne Self was given a written warning following the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The #22 team truck trailing arms did not meet specifications. The infraction was caught in opening day inspection.(4-6-2016)

  • Atlanta Warning: The #86 team of Brandon Brown has been given a written warning following the Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a Truck trailing arm did that not meet specifications.(NASCAR)(3-2-2016)

  • Daytona Penalty & Warnings: The #41 team of Ben Rhodes has been issued a P2 penalty following the race at Daytona International Speedway. The team was found in violation of Sections 12.1 [Actions detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR] and 20.14.3.2.4.2.d [Rear lower coil spring mounts]. The teams crew chief has been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; and the team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points. The violation was found during post-race inspection.
    In addition, written warnings were issued to the teams of #05-John Wes Townley, #22-Austin Self, #58-Ryan Reed, and #59-Korbin Forrister for trailing arms that did not meet specifications and the #23-Spencer Gallagher team for triangular filler panel that did not meet specifications. The violations were found during opening day inspection.(NASCAR)(2-24-2016)


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