The 2019 NASCAR racing season ended on November 17 with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
On any given week, NASCAR teams are always looking for an advantage over their competitors, and if those advantages violate the rules, NASCAR officials will issue penalties in hopes of deterring further infractions.
In a rare event, NASCAR has issued some significant fines and penalties after Competition Officials determined that four Monster Energy Cup Series teams were involved in a scheme to alter the outcome of the race.
According to documents; four cars on three teams were involved – Premium Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and Spire Motorsports.
The four teams have been docked 50 car owner points; along with some suspensions.
After a review of radio communications and interviews, NASCAR Officials determined that the number 15, 27, 52, and 77 car teams were all involved in violating the NASCAR rule book.
Competition director for Premium Motorsports Scott Eggleston and competition director for Rick Ware Racing Kenneth Evens have both been suspended indefinitely. Both men were also fine $25,000 each.
Team owners Rick Ware, Jay Robinson, and T.J. Puchyr were all fined $50,000 each along with being docked 50 car owner points each.
NASCAR determined that with Joe Nemechek in the number 15 car, Reed Sorenson in the number 77 car, and Josh Bilicki in the number 52 car all bringing their cars into the garage with apparent mechanical issues within a 15 lap span during stage three of the race, allowed Ross Chastain driving the number 27 car for Premium Motorsports to finish 35th and secure the top position of unchartered teams by one point.
As a result of the penalties, the Gaunt Brothers Racing number 96 car secures the top spot among the teams who do not have a charter and a guaranteed start in every race next season.