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Martin Truex, Jr., Ben Rhodes Hit with Daytona Penalties

Fourteen teams from across the three NASCAR national series were either penalized or warned by NASCAR on Wednesday, including Daytona 500 second-place finisher Martin Truex Jr.

Truex’s No. 78 team was given a P2 penalty for a violation regarding the roof flaps during pre-qualifying inspection. The flaps did not lay flush with the roof following inspection. As a result, Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn was placed on probation through Dec. 31.

Sprint Cup teams receiving written warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice were the No. 7 of Regan Smith, the No. 38 of Landon Cassill, the No. 44 of Brian Scott and the No. 46 of Michael Annett.

Three XFINITY Series teams were warned following Daytona: the No. 40 team of Derek White, the No. 0 of Eric McClure and the No. 99 of Chris Fontaine. White and Fontaine did not qualify for the race.

Five Camping World Truck Series teams were warned for failing opening day inspection. The No. 05 of John Wes Townley, the No. 22 of Austin Wayne Self, the No. 23 of Spencer Gallagher, the No. 58 of Ryan Reed and the No. 59 of Korbin Forrister all had pieces of their trucks that did not meet specifications.

The biggest CWTS penalty went to the No. 41 team of rookie Ben Rhodes. Rhodes truck failed post-race inspection for illegal coil spring mounts. Crew Chief Kevin Bellicourt was fined $2,500 and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Rhodes was fined 10 championship points and team owner Duke Thorson was fined 10 owners points.

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Cole Pearn is getting a nasty little rep there…Chad Jr. And that ain’t a compliment.

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