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NASCAR suspends two Xfinity crew chiefs for New Hampshire violations

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NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Ryan Preece and John Hunter Nemechek for the next three Xfinity races after both their cars failed inspection after last weekend’s New Hampshire race.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that it also had fined crew chiefs Eric Phillips (Preece) and Mike Shiplett (Nemechek) $10,000 each. NASCAR penalized both drivers 10 points and docked the teams 10 owner points each. Their finishes will not count if needed in any tiebreaker. Preece placed third, and Nemechek was fourth at New Hampshire.

Both teams were penalized for failing post-race height requirements. It is an L1 infraction.

Joe Gibbs Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing both stated that they would not appeal the penalties.

NASCAR also fined Timothy Brown, the crew chief for David Starr, $5,000 for having one lug nut not safe and secure after the race.

In Cup, NASCAR fined Darian Grubb, crew chief for William Byron, $10,000 for one lug nut not safe and secure on Byron’s car after the race.

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Seven Cup cars to be penalized practice time at New Hampshire

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LOUDON, N.H. – Seven Cup cars will be docked practice time Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Six Xfinity cars also will be penalized practice time.

In Cup, the teams of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Weatherman, BJ McLeod and Blake Jones will be docked 15 minutes of opening practice for being late to pre-qualifying/race inspection last weekend at Kentucky.

The teams of Daniel Suarez and AJ Allmendinger will miss 15 minutes of the opening practice for failing inspection before last weekend’s race twice.

Opening Cup practice is from noon – 12:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Denny Hamlin‘s team will be penalized 15 minutes of final practice on Saturday for failing inspection before last weekend’s qualifying at Kentucky twice.

In Xfinity, the teams of Josh Bilicki and David Starr will be held 15 minutes in opening practice for being out of the garage late. The teams of Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Brandon Hightower and Austin Cindric will be penalized 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

 

Three Cup teams penalized practice time at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Three Cup teams each will be docked 15 minutes of practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Joey Logano and Chase Elliott each will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last week at Pocono. The No. 99 StarCom Racing team, which features Garrett Smithley making his Cup debut this weekend, also will be docked 15 minutes for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Cup practice is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. ET today.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of Smithley, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones and David Starr each will be penalized 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 1:05 – 1:55 p.m. ET Friday.

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Practice holds for Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Ten Cup teams will serve practice holds today at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The teams of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, AJ Allmendinger and Kasey Kahne will sit out 15 minutes of the first practice for failing pre-race inspection twice at Kansas Speedway.

Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, David Ragan and Jimmie Johnson will sit out 15 minutes in the first practice for failing inspection twice last week at the All-Star Race.

Ross Chastain will sit out 15 minutes for missing the rookie meeting.

In the Xfinity Series, 10 teams will also receive practice holds stemming from the series May 5 race at Dover.

Chastain, Chad Finchum, Josh Bilicki and Brandon Hightower will have 15 minute holds for getting out of the garage late.

Michael Annett, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek and David Starr will have 15 minute holds for failing inspection two times.

Brandon Jones wins pole for Dover Xfinity race

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Brandon Jones qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, earning his second career pole.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned the pole with a speed of 155.831 mph. He will be joined on the front row by teammate Noah Gragson (155.629 mph).

“We need XYO (Networks) on the car more often, best-career finish last week with them on the car and now a pole,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “This is a driver’s track, too. I got a pole last year at Daytona and we all know how that place is. To be able to have raw speed here that’s pretty awesome.”

JGR swept the front row for the 52nd time.

The top five is completed by Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric.

Jones and Sadler are two of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. The other two are Justin Allgaier (sixth) and Ryan Sieg (13th).

Johnny Sauter, driving in place of the suspended Spencer Gallagher, qualified 11th.

Nine cars did not make a lap in Round 1 after they failed to get through inspection in time.

David Starr, Cody Ware, Christopher Bell, Michael Annett, Cole Custer, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Stephen Leicht did not make laps.

Ware did not make the race.

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