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Brendan Gaughan docked 10 points for violation after Xfinity race

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NASCAR docked title contender Brendan Gaughan 10 driver points, Richard Childress 10 owner points and fined crew chief Shane Wilson $10,000 because Gaughan’s car was found to be too low in inspection after Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The penalty drops Gaughan to 3,026 points – last among the eight remaining title contenders. He is 33 points out of the final transfer spot heading into Saturday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. That race will determine the four drivers who will compete for the Xfinity title Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Richard Childress Racing has no intentions of appealing the penalty, a team spokesperson told NBC Sports.

Also, NASCAR fined crew chief Dave Elenz $10,000 and docked the No. 88 JR Motorsports team 10 car owner points because the car of Kevin Harvick failed inspection after the race for being too low. Harvick was not penalized points because he does not score points in the Xfinity Series.

JR Motorsports will appeal the penalty, a spokesperson told NBC Sports. NASCAR confirmed the appeal will be today.

That team also was one of five teams to receive warnings last weekend for inspection issues. It received its first warning after failing the Laser Inspection Station twice before the race.

Other Xfinity teams receiving warnings were:

The No. 18 car of Joe Gibbs Racing, which had Matt Tifft in the car at Texas, received its second warning after failing template inspection four times before the race. The team, which will have Kyle Busch in the car this weekend at Phoenix, will be docked 15 minutes of practice time.

The No. 3 car of Richard Childress Racing with Ty Dillon received its second warning after failing template inspection three times before the race.

The No. 20 car of Joe Gibbs Racing with title contender Erik Jones received its second warning after failing template inspection three times before the race.

The No. 2 car of Richard Childress Racing with Austin Dillon received its second warning after failing the Laser Inspection Station twice before the race.


NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy


Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.


TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility)

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.