Four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams penalized with loss of practice time at Talladega

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Kevin Harvick’s team is one of four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams that will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced.

Harvick’s team, along with Matt DiBenedetto’s team will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega after being late for pre-race inspection last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

Aric Almirola’s team also will lose 15 minutes of practice at Talladega after being late for qualifying inspection at Richmond.

Alex Bowman’s team failed qualifying inspection more than three times at Richmond. The Tommy Baldwin Racing team received a written warning and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega.

NASCAR’s rule book states that if a team receives two warnings during two consecutive events, it may result in one or more of the following P1 penalties –  last choice in selecting pits, reduced practice time, reduced time for qualifying, delay in order of inspection and/or be selected for post-race inspection, among other things.

NASCAR also announced that the teams of Josh Wise and Joey Gase (Bobby Labonte will drive the No. 32 at Talladega) each failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond and received written warnings.

NASCAR had warned teams recently in a memo about being late to inspection.