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Legacy Motor Club’s No. 43 Team Handed L1 Penalty

Legacy Motor Club and the No. 43 team in the NASCAR Cup Series have been levied an L1-level penalty by NASCAR on June 7.

The car, which is driven by Erik Jones, was found with modifications to the greenhouse following the race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last weekend.

As a result, the team has been docked 60 owner and driver points, as well as five playoff points. Crew chief Dave Elenz has been suspended for two races and fined $75,000.

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“We have been diligently working with NASCAR regarding the penalty and are working internally to determine the course of action in response,” Joey Cohen said, Legacy Motor Club’s vice president of race operations. “We will announce that decision within the timeframe determined by the NASCAR Rule Book.”

Earlier this season, both the Nos. 24 and 48 teams for Hendrick Motorsports were hit with a penalty regarding the same issue.

The penalty drops Jones to 30th in points, 128 points below the playoffs cut line.

Additionally, McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s No. 19 driven by Christian Eckes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was found to have a loose lug nut. Crew chief Charles Denike was fined $2,500.

Young’s Motorsports’ No. 02 truck driven by Chris Hacker had a window net violation. Crew chief Andrew Abbott was fined $5,000 and both the team and driver were docked 25 points.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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janice

dang sure hope nascar is investing that money from the penalty fund into something with a high yield.

this is ridiculous.

DoninAjax

NA$CAR tries to get money ANY way they can!

Kevin in SoCal

At least they’re donating it to charity now, instead of just rolling it back into the prize fund for later.

Echo

Do we know that for sure ! If so it’s probably a charity Lesa France Kennedy has control of. Nascar has their finger on every penny spent in their sport.

Jake

“The Human Fund”

Bill B

LOL…. “Money for people”.

Christopher

LMC joins the Kit Car Blues Club

DoninAjax

If these cars all have modified roll cages why are they altering them?

Bill B

Is it me, or does it seem like what happens on the track, you know, the finishing order and points awarded, is secondary to the heavy hand of NASCAR and their penalty assessment process?

DoninAjax

It sees they have to tear the car apart to find out where the teams are “cheating” because what they find during track “inspection” doesn’t matter.

kb

NASCAR hates the very people who make them possible! Except of course a big fish CHEBBY owner like RICK, imo! Then it’s a lovefest of sickening, epic scenarios!

Last edited 10 months ago by kb
gbvette

I’m no fan of Hendrick but if what you say is true, how did a Hendrick driver, and NASCAR’s “Most Popular Driver” get suspended? Hamblin wrecks Larson and gets a to win the race, Elliott wrecks Hamblin and gets sat down for a race. It doesn’t sound like Hendrick is the team NASCAR’s looking out for to me.

Bill B

People see what they want to see. Our biases tinting our vision.

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