NASCAR revealed that the Front Row Motorsports team of Michael McDowell has been handed an L2 penalty complete with a large monetary fine and point docking in their penalty report released on July 26.
The L2 penalty comes after NASCAR found the team to have modified a single source supplied part.
McDowell’s crew chief Blake Harris has been fined $100,000 and suspended for the next four NASCAR Cup Series events according to the report. In addition, the No. 34 team has been deducted 100 driver and owner points and will be deducted 10 playoff points if the team qualifies for the post-season.
The infraction was found after NASCAR randomly selected the vehicles of the No. 34 and the No. 47 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr to be taken back to NASCAR R&D for further inspection.
McDowell has been having his career-best season, statistically speaking, as he has earned eight top 10s and one top five so far in 2022. Before the penalty, he was 20th in standings, 207 points behind the cut line, but now will likely be scored in 26th.
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