On Wednesday morning, NASCAR issued their weekly penalty report. Given that last weekend’s races were at Watkins Glen, the list could have been extensive. However, that was not the case as no graded penalties were issued due to infractions found at Watkins Glen. Only two teams were given warnings.
The team hit hardest in Watkins Glen was the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 for Ryan Blaney. The No. 21 failed the laser inspection at least four times during the race weekend. Two of those were prior to qualifying, which earned the team a warning. On Sunday, the car failed the laser inspection twice more, earning the team a second warning for the weekend, which gives them four. As a result of the double warnings, Blaney and the No. 21 team will select their pit last at Bristol. Also, as per Section 18.104.22.168.d of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book, Wood Brothers Racing’s warnings will now reset to zero.
In addition, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates‘ No. 42 team for Kyle Larson was given a warning for flunking pre-qualifying template inspection twice. For the No. 42 team, this is the first warning.
Finally, NASCAR announced the suspension of Michael Casto, a crewmember on Kevin Harvick‘s No. 4 team in Sprint Cup for what NASCAR deemed a behavorial violation in the article at nascar.com. The official report indicates that Casto violated the Substance Abuse Policy. As is the norm, Casto is suspended indefinitely and can only be reinstated once he complete’s NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.
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