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NASCAR Issues Penalties Following Las Vegas

NASCAR announced infractions discovered at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that involve two teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The violations handed down by the sanctioning body affect the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, driven by Brad Keselowski and the No. 51 Chevrolet, driven by Justin Allgaier.

The No. 51 Sprint Cup Series team violated sections 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 20.3.5 (added ballast containers) and (overall vehicle weight after competition) of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series rule book.

Allgaier’s crew chief, Steve Addington, will be fined $25,000. The penalty will fall under the P3 category in the NASCAR deterrence system.

The No. 2 Ford driven by Brad Keselowski penalties come after NASCAR caught the team altering the right and left rear wheel openings just prior to the start of qualifying on Friday.

The team violated sections 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 20.4.B (Body – All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication, and installation variability) and 20.4.2 (Surface Conformance – Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment, and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files.) of the 2015 Sprint Cup rule book.

Crew chief, Paul Wolfe, will be placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for the P2 penalty.

According to the release from NASCAR, neither driver or car owner was penalized.

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If he messes up again, he’ll be on “Double Secret Probation”

Bill B

The only penalties that matter anymore are suspensions. Even points penalties don’t matter unless you are on the cusp of the top 30 cutoff. The new system actually promotes taking a chance to get a win because we know NASCAR will never take a win away, period.

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