On July 22, NASCAR officials issued a second set of penalties to two teams at Hendrick Motorsports that resulted in large fines and suspensions.

NASCAR has a strict set of rules that must be followed by all of the racing teams. One of those rules involves the engines that go in to the cars.

The infractions had to do with the engine allocation rule which states that “when the long block is sealed, the engine must be used in the same vehicle number the next time it is used.”

Hendrick Motorsports issed a statement explaining the infraction saying, “due to an administrative error, one of our sealed engines assigned to the number nine car was unintentionally allocated to our number 48 team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although the engine passed technical inspection and absolutely no competitive advantage was gained, we acknowledge NASCAR’s process was not followed correctly in this instance. The rules regarding the assignment of sealed engines are clear, and we understand and respect their decision to issue a penalty. We apologize for the mistake and have taken steps to ensure it will not be repeated.”

As a result of the infractions, driver of the number nine car Chase Elliott and the number 48 car Alex Bowman have been docked 25 points each; along with team owner points. Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson and Bowman’s crew chief Greg Ives have both been fined $50,000 each. Hendrick Motorsports executive vice president and general mangager Jeff Andrews and the director of track engine support Scott Maxim have each been suspended for the next NASCAR race which will be at Watkins Glen International Speedway on August 8.

While Alex Bowman holds on to his eleventh place in the standings; Chase Elliott drops from fifth to sixth place. Both drivers have won races this season and are assured spots in the playoffs. HMS has won 10 of the 22 races so far this season.