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Penalty Report: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne Docked Points for Inspection Woes

After 13 cars failed pre-race technical inspection prior to last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR issued their weekly Penalty Report. Among those listed this week are Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, who both failed inspection three times, which resulted in their car chiefs being ejected and starting in the rear of the field.

Harvick has been penalized 10 points, increasing the gap between himself and points leader Kyle Busch to 58 points with five regular season races to go in 2018. The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford Fusion was also penalized 10 points in the owner standings, which also trails the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 by 58 points. The penalty should not affect playoff seeding. Harvick won Stage No. 2 and finished fourth on Sunday.

Kahne was also penalized 10 points, dropping him to 28th in the MENCS standings out of 30 full-time drivers. The Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was also penalized 10 points in the owner standings, dropping it to 28th place out of 36 chartered teams, and 46 total. Kahne finished two laps down in 30th on Sunday.

There do not seem to be any penalties in the XFINITY Series following their standalone race at Iowa Speedway this weekend.

Addtionally, David Little Jr., an IT employee for Team Penske, was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating the Substance Abuse Policy.

In the Camping World Truck Series, Doug Chouinard, engineer for Todd Gilliland‘s No. 4 team at Kyle Busch Motorsports, was suspended indefinitely for violating Section 2.11 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book.  This refers to a mandate for all NASCAR members to notify the sanctioning body if you are charged with a crime of any kind (misdemeanor and/or felony).  It is unclear what Chouinard’s penalty stems from.

The MENCS and XFINITY Series will be racing at Watkins Glen International this weekend, with the XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at the Glen on Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. ET, and the MENCS Go Bowling at the Glen on Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m. ET. Both races will be televised on NBC. The Camping World Truck Series is off this weekend before getting back into action with the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 11 at 1 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on FS1.

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Wesley has been with Fronstretch since October 2017. He loves well-told stories in whatever format he finds them. Aside from NASCAR, he enjoys reading, country music and OKC Thunder basketball. He has a BA in Liberal Arts/English and currently lives in eastern Oklahoma, where he works as a freelance writer/editor.

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