NASCAR Penalizes Three Nationwide Series Teams
By Summer Bedgood — Three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have been penalized as a result of rules infractions discovered over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On opening day inspection, the No. 11 car driven by Elliott Sadler was discovered to have weight attached in an unapproved location. The penalty is P3-tier penalty—a rating system used with a new penalty structure announced by NASCAR at the beginning of the season. As such, crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st. Car chief Todd Bower was also placed on probation through the end of the year. Sadler finished 13th in Saturday’s race.
Meanwhile, the fifth-place No. 9 car driven by Chase Elliott exceeded minimum front height rules in post-race inspection—a P2 penalty—and crew chief Greg Ives was placed on probation through December 31st.
Finally, the race winning No. 22 car failed post-race inspection because the shock absorber exceeded minimum gas pressure (a P2 penalty). Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $5,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. Despite the penalty, the No. 22 car is still credited with winning Saturday’s race.
This was the first time NASCAR has used its new penalty structure this season. It is worth nothing that despite having the option to do so, NASCAR did not deduct points from any of the three teams. The teams have not said whether or not they will appeal.
The Nationwide Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. Both Sadler and Elliott will be in Saturday’s race while Keselowski will hand over his driving duties to Ryan Blaney.
Below is the infographic provided by NASCAR used to illustrate how penalties will be assessed during the 2014 season.
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