During the road course race at Road America on July 2, Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson did more than make some poor choices during the race.  Choices that resulted in a 13 car pile up and earned him a visit to the NASCAR hauler after the race.  Those choices also earned Gragson a big penalty.

Only July 6, NASCAR handed down a big penalty to Noah Gragson for his reckless driving – a penalty that results in the loss of 30 driver points, 30 car owner points, and a $35,000 fine.

Currently all four of the JR Motorsports drivers are in the top 10 in points, the points between Gragson and Josh Berry have dropped to just five points between them.

The 23 year old Gragson is a two time winner this season but has caused some stir in the Xfinity garage over his driving style.

During the Henry 180 Gragson perceived an issue between himself and Sage Karam and hit Karam that resulted in blocking the track and causing a 13 car pile up that left Brandon Brown shaken up.

Car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke on the matter saying, “I was shocked, to be honest with you, when I saw Noah make that decision. I was just completely shocked and in a bit of disbelief not only that he made that choice but that he, you know, that it created such an accident and got so many other guys involved.”

In other penalty news, NASCAR has fined Bruck Schliker $5,000 after one of the lug nuts was found to be improperly secured in post race inspection of the number 16 Kaulig Racing car driben by AJ Allmendinger.  This was the fourth lug nut infraction for Schlicker this season.

NASCAR has suspended indefinitely mechanic Sean Kerlin for violating NASCAR’s behavioural policies.