With the maximum four NASCAR teams, Hendrick Motorsports spends a lot of time in the wind tunnel testing cars in search of the fastest and most aerodynamic cars.

But on September 24, NASCAR handed down a penalty to Hendrick Motorsports for violating the rule book when the exceeded their limit in the wind tunnel for the 2020 racing season.

The teams have been allotted 150 hours of testing time in the wind tunnel through the end of 2021 with a maximum of 70 hours in the wind tunnel for 2020.

Hendrick themselves reported the infraction of less than an hour over the allotted time.

As a result of the infraction, NASCAR has fined HMS $100,000 and has docked them 10 hours of testing time in the wind tunnel.


In other penalty news, one Xfinity Series and one Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series team was penalized for having one lug nut improperly secured during the post-race inspection process after the races at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Bruce Schlicker for the number 10 car driven by Ross Chastain was fined $5,000 for the infraction.

In the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt for the number 19 truck driven by Derek Kraus was fined $2,500 for the infraction.