NASCAR penalizes three Truck teams for inspection issues

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NASCAR will dock Johnny Sauter, Derek Kraus and Ben Rhodes 10 points each and make them start at the rear for Saturday’s Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Each team also will be penalized 10 owner points for the L1 infraction. Each team was penalized for a violation of triangular filler panels.

Sauter enters the race 10th in the points. That would be the final playoff spot in the series. He remains 10th even with losing 10 points. Kraus falls from 11th to 12th in the standings with the penalty. Rhodes remains third in the points.

For the race, Rhodes was to have started sixth, Sauter was to have started 11th and Kraus was to have started 17th in the 40-truck lineup.

NASCAR also announced Saturday that Ray Ciccarelli will go to the rear and relinquish his 36th starting spot for missing the rookie meeting and Trey Hutchens, who was scheduled to start 40th, will go to the rear for unapproved adjustments.

The Truck race is scheduled to take the green flag at 6:14 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.