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Suspension Levied Against Elliott’s Team Following Rear-Window Violation

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The suspensions and points penalties continue to be imposed against Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, with Chase Elliott‘s team suffering the latest.

Following the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 9 Chevrolet was found in violation of Section 20.4.8.1 due to a brace that supports the rear window not meeting specifications for keeping rear window glass rigid in all directions.

As a result, crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $50,000 and suspended for the next two events, as well as having 20 regular season driver and owner points taken away. 

It marks the second penalty this year for Elliott’s team as following the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, the No. 9 Chevrolet was found in violation of Section 20.14.2 of the rulebook, which speaks of the Rear Suspension I-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. That infraction resulted in a $50,000 for Gustafson, two week suspension for car chief Josh Kirk, and 25 points taken away.

Notably, this isn’t the first time a team has been found in violation of section 20.4.8.1 of the rule book, as Kevin Harvick‘s No. 4 Ford was following Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He saw his crew chief fined $50,000, car chief suspended two weeks, with 20 points taken away. 

As with any penalty, the team does have an opportunity to appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel, which Hendrick Motorsports has confirmed they will not do. They also stated that the penalties are a result of “an unintentional support bracket failure” while naming Kenny Francis the crew chief for the next two weeks. Francis currently serves as the Vehicle Technical Director for HMS following a career on the pit box that saw him score 17 wins and 75 top-fives. 

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.