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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: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.

The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.

He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.

And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching  Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.

But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.

No one was injured, Larson tweeted.

But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.