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NASCAR came down hard on the No.31 Richard Childress Racing team on Wednesday, and it may be enough to end their chances for a Chase berth.The 15 point P3 level penalty issued to Ryan Newman for failing the laser inspection station during post-race inspection, was accompanied by a $25,000 fine for crew chief Luke Lambert and a 15 owner point penalty as well.
Also penalized 15 Driver/Owner points was the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team of Kyle Larson. Also failing post-race Laser Inspection, NASCAR issued the team a P2 penalty. Larson’s Crew Chief Chad Johnston was fined a slightly lower $22,500. Larson’s penalties do not affect him overall in the Chase picture, as his win at Michigan locks him into NASCAR’s playoffs.
The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team was issued a P1 penalty for a practice incident, in which driver Ryan Blaney took to the speedway without his fire retardant driving gloves. The gloves, which are mandatory safety equipment, cost Blaney $1,000.
Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards will miss 15 minutes of practice time next weekend at Richmond, as both teams failed the Laser Inspection Station three times during pre-race inspection. This is the fourth written warning for the Penske Racing No. 2 team, and the second for the No. 19 team of Joe Gibbs Racing.
The Xfinity Series only saw the No. 01 of Ryan Preece given a written warning for failing pre-race Laser Inspection twice.This is the team’s second written warning.
The No. 02 and No. 8 Camping World Truck series teams were also issued written warnings for trailing arms that did not meet rule specifications. It is the first infraction of this kind for either team.
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