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Penalty Report: Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson Docked 15 Driver/Owner Points.

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.

Also issued written warnings for pre-race inspection issues were the No. 22 of Joey Logano, No. 32 of Jeffrey Earnhardt and the No. 14 of Tony Stewart.

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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Newman and Larson aren’t on the list of favoured teams.

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