L1 penalties pending following New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The NASCAR Xfinity Series cars of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet failed post-race inspection height measurements following Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Ryan Preece drove the No. 18 to a third-place finish, while John Hunter Nemechek drove the No. 42 to a fourth-place result. Both cars are in the thick of an owners championship battle in the series.
The No. 52 Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet driven by David Starr had one lug nut found to be unsecure.
In addition, the first and second-place cars of the No. 20 JGR Toyota (driven by race winner Christopher Bell) and the No. 22 Team Penske Ford (driven by Brad Keselowski) will be taken back to NASCAR’s R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.
Last month, the No. 18 JGR team was assessed a L1-level penalty for failing post-race height measurements after Pocono that resulted in a one-race suspension for crew chief Eric Phillips, a $10,000 fine and a loss of 10 driver and owner points.
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Notes: Official penalties won’t be announced until this coming Tuesday or Wednesday. More penalties may be announced as the !st and 2nd place finishers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will undergo a more thorough inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, NC.
Kyle Busch was handed a penalty last month for this same infraction. Busch and Preece drive the same car. Following Pocono, Busch laughed at the rule as he fells it hurts performance.
You can read Kyle Busch’s comments on this same infraction below.