After the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, NASCAR has issued a number of penalties to various Monster Energy Cup Series teams.
The number 12 Penske Racing car driven by Ryan Blaney for unapproved door front crush panel. According to the NASCAR Rule Book, “all filler panels must remain permanently attached for the entire event.” As a result of the infraction; crew chief Jeremy Bullins has been fined $50,000, car chief Kirk Almquist has been suspended for the remainder of the season (two races), car owner Roger Penske has been docked 20 car owner points, and driver Ryan Blaney has been docked 20 driver points.
The number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Erik Jones was charged with infractions to the body and package tray – “air cannot pass from one area of the vehicle interior to another. Vehicle package tray must remain flat and straight, front to back, with one break.” As a result of the infractions; crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $50,000, car chief Jason Overstreet has been suspended for the remainder of the season, car owner Joe Gibbs has been docked 20 car owner points, and driver Erik Jones has been docked 20 driver points.
After dominating the AAA Texas 500, NASCAR has charged the number four Stewart-Haas Racing car driven by Kevin Harvick with an altered spoiler. The infraction carries some serious penalties and carries with it a major shakeup in the playoff picture.
As a result of the infraction; crew chief Rodney Childers has been fined $75,000 and suspended for the remainder of the 2018 season, car chief Robert Smith has also been suspended for the remainder of the season, car owner Stewart-Haas has been docked 40 car owner points, and Kevin Harvick has been docked 40 driver points and is not allowed to gain from his race win.
Under the current playoff rules, Harvick was guaranteed a spot as one of the final four drivers to compete for the championship at Homestead-Miami in two weeks; however, with the infraction Harvick has been stripped of that honour; instead he enters the final race in the Round of eight in fourth just three points above the cut line.
Stewart-Haas Racing Vice President of Competition Greg Zipadeli said that the team would not appeal the penalty, but instead would focus their energies on the upcoming race in Phoenix this weekend.
With the assessed penalty, the updated playoff standings are
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In the Camping World Truck Series the number 35 NextGen Motorsports truck driven by Brennan Poole was charged with a safety violation during Thursday practice in Texas. He lost a ballast container. As a result of the infraction; NASCAR has suspended three crew members for the next three CWTS (soon to be Gander Mountain Truck Series) races – the remainder of the 2018 season and the 2019 race at Daytona; crew chief Ryan Bell, truck chief Jerry Kennedy, and truck mechanic Patrick Magee.