UPDATE 2: “Today, we were notified by NASCAR that they handed out sanctions against MHR, Crew Chief Ryan Bell and the use of the 74 car at an exhibition charity event at Rockingham. This was not an intentional attempt to circumvent the rules that NASCAR has in place to ensure the integrity of the sport. In the over four decades of being in motorsports, I’m shocked at the penalties that were imposed on our team. We will be appealing NASCAR’s ruling as we are dedicated to the Xfinity Series, our great partners, fans and our supporters.”
— Mike Harmon Racing —
UPDATE: Tommy Joe Martins, general manager of Alpha Prime Racing issued a statement noting that NASCAR had told Bacarella earlier this month that he unknowingly had taken a workout supplement that was on the banned substances list.
Since then, Bacarella has enrolled in the Road to Recovery Program and is expected to be racing the No. 44 Chevrolet at Daytona for Alpha Prime Racing.
— Alpha Prime Racing (@TeamAlphaPrime) November 22, 2021
Original Post (11-22-2021): On Monday, Nov. 22, NASCAR has released penalties to Mike Harmon Racing and Caesar Bacarella.
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Section 5.1.a.c.d: Vehicle testing
Note: Owner/driver (Mike Harmon) has been assessed with the loss of 75 owner points and 75 driver championship points. (Note: Loss of driver/owner points will apply in the 2022 season). Crew chief (Ryan Bell) has been fined $50,000 and suspended from the next six championship points events. (Note: Period of suspension begins in the 2022 season)