Phoenix International Raceway penalties issued by NASCAR following March 19, 2017 race
NASCAR levied L1-level penalties against the No. 2 car of Team Penske and the No. 4 car of Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday following Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.
Related: 2017 Phoenix Results
#2 Brad Keselowski Penalties
The violation for the No. 2 car is detailed in sections 220.127.116.11.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book (post-race general inspection measurements).
Driver Brad Keselowski’s fifth-place finish in the Camping World 500 is encumbered, per section 12.10 of the NASCAR Rule Book.
As a result of the violation, No. 2 crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points races.
The team was also assessed with the loss of 35 driver points and 35 owner points.
Team Penske have the option to file an appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.
#4 Kevin Harvick Penalties
Meanwhile, the violation for the No. 4 car is detailed in sections 18.104.22.168 I-4 of the NASCAR Rule Book (track bar mount and supports).
Driver Kevin Harvick’s sixth-place finish at Phoenix is encumbered.
The No. 4 crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $25,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points race.
The team was also assessed with the loss of 10 driver and 10 team owner points.
Stewart-Haas Racing also have the option to file an appeal to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.
#47 Penalties Upheld from Atlanta
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld penalties against the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following a hearing Wednesday at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina.
JTG officials appealed L1-level penalties levied against the team, driver AJ Allmendinger and crew chief Randall Burnett following the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The penalties were the result of three unsecured lug nuts on the No. 47 Chevrolet found during post-race inspection and resulted in a loss of 35 championship driver and owner points and a $65,000 fine and three-race suspension for Burnett.
The points loss dropped Allmendinger, who finished 26th at Atlanta, from 11th to 35th in the standings. Following last weekend’s Phoenix race, he is now 31st in standings.
Ernie Cope, the organization’s director of competition, has served as interim crew chief during Burnett’s suspension.
Minimum penalty options for an L1-level infraction according to the NASCAR deterrence policy, consist of a deduction of 10 to 40 points, suspension of crew chief for 1-3 races, a fine of $25,000 to $75,000 as well as the team’s finishing position being declared encumbered.
Specific lug nut violations/penalties are: a $10,000 fine for one unsecured lug nut; $20,000 fine and one-race suspension of crew chief for two unsecured lug nuts; $65,000 fine, loss of 35 driver/owner points, three-race crew chief suspension and encumbered finishing position for three or more unsecured lug nuts.
The panel consisted of Richard Gore, Bill Lester and Steve York.
JTG Daugherty can appeal the panel’s decision to Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Finals Appeals Officer, if it so chooses.
JTG Daugherty Racing is located in Harrisburg, North Carolina. The organization fields two full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams featuring Allmendinger and the No. 37 team of Chris Buescher.