Normally NASCAR waits until after the races have completed before assessing any penalties to teams for infractions outside of the inspection process. But this week two teams faced issues even before getting on the track.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series team Halmar Racing was found to have an unacceptable vehicle and had their number 52 truck driven by Stewart Friesen confiscated. Friesen has been allowed to continue in the race but with a backup truck for the Buckle Up Your Truck 225 on July 11.
NASCAR officials determined that there was an issue with the firewall.
Further penalties may be forthcoming from NASCAR next week.
After starting the race from the back of the field, Friesen went on to finish the race in second place.
In the Xfinity Series, the Penske Racing team was charged with making an illegal body modification to the number 22 car driven by Austin Cindric. As a result of the infraction, crew chief Brian Wilson was suspended for the race and escorted from the garage. Wilson was also fined $10,000.
Driver Austin Cindric was docked 10 driver points and team owner Roger Penske was docked 10 car owner points.
The number 22 team has made the appropriate changes to the car and will be allowed to run the car in the race at Kentucky Speedway this weekend.
On a lighter note, Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kyle Busch earned his second ESPY Award during the annual awards presentation on July 10 for Best Driver, beating out Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, NHRA driver Steve Torrence, and IncyCar driver Scott Dixon. To date Busch has won over 200 races across the ttree NASCAR racing series.