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Texas post-race penalties issued

NASCAR issued penalties Tuesday after last weekend’s events at Texas Motor Speedway, handing down $10,000 fines to two teams.

Among those was a violation of COVID-19 health protocols by Michael Ruch, a crew member for the Reaume Brothers Racing No. 00 team in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. The penalty report — citing Sections 12.8.1.b. (Member Conduct) and 7.7.2.j. in the NASCAR Rule Book — noted “non-compliance with essential personnel/team event roster rules.”

In the Cup Series, the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford team was penalized after one lug nut was found not safely secured after Michael McDowell drove the car to a 15th-place finish in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer was fined $10,000 for the safety infraction.