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Daniel Hemric loses points lead, crew chief suspended for Kansas penalty

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Daniel Hemric has been docked 10 driver and owner points because his No. 21 Chevrolet was found to be too low after Saturday’s Xfinity Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway.

Hemric loses the points lead due to the L1 penalty.

Hemric’s crew chief, Danny Stockman Jr., was fined $10,000 and suspended from the next points race.

Richard Childress Racing does not plan to appeal the penalty.

Hemric, who finished second in the second round opener, exited the race with a nine-point lead over Elliott Sadler.

He now trails Sadler by one point ahead of the Nov. 3 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Here are the Round of 8 standings after the penalty.

  1. Elliott Sadler – 3,058
  2. Daniel Hemric – 3,057
  3. Tyler Reddick – 3,055
  4. Christopher Bell – 3,045
  5. Matt Tifft – 3,044
  6. Justin Allgaier – 3,040
  7. Cole Custer – 3,022
  8. Austin Cindric – 3,002

NASCAR issued two fines for unsecured lug nuts.

Kyle Larson‘s crew chief, Chad Johnston, was fined $10,000 for one unsecured lug nut.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Randall Burnett was fined $5,000 for an unsecured lug nut on Matt Tifft’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to James J. Bender for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Bender is a tire technician on Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet in the Cup Series.

Kyle Larson loses 10 points, car chief suspended for Talladega penalty


Kyle Larson‘s Cup team has been penalized 10 driver and owner points and loses car chief David Bryant to a one-race suspension for a L1 penalty at Talladega Superspeedway.

Crew chief Chad Johnston was also fined $25,000.

The No. 42 team violated Section 10.9.9.d in the rulebook, which notes “Damaged vehicle repair, regardless of how the damage occurred, is permitted to have original body parts removed or reattached in their original location with fasteners and/or tape only.”

Larson spun with seven laps left in Stage 2 due to a flat tire.

Larson, who finished 11th in Sunday’s race and called it “embarrassing at times”, is now 36 points behind the cutoff spot on the playoff grid, making this weekend’s elimination race at Kansas Speedway a must win for Larson.

This is Bryant’s second suspension this season. He missed two races in May for a rear-window violation at Kansas.

NBC Sports has asked Chip Ganassi Racing if it will appeal;there was no immediate response from the team.

John Klausmeier, crew chief on Aric Almirola‘s No. 10 Ford, was fined $10,000 for an unsecured lug nut on the race-winning car.

NASCAR also issued three fines to crew chiefs in the Camping World Truck Series for the same L1 penalty.

Chad Kendrick (Austin Hill‘s No. 02 Chevrolet), Graham Bruce (Stewart Friesen‘s No. 52 Chevrolet) and Joel Shear Jr. (Johnny Sauter‘s No. 21 Chevrolet) were fined $5,000 for violating Section 20.4, which notes “Air is not allowed to pass from one area of the interior of the vehicle to another or to the outside of the vehicle.”

NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to Christopher Justin Chase for violating Sections 12.1.a and 2.11.a in the rulebook, a behavioral level violation.


Daniel Suarez loses 10 drivers points for Indianapolis inspection failure

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NASCAR has docked Daniel Suarez 10 driver and owner points for his inspection failure during the Brickyard 400 weekend.

Suarez’ team received the L1 penalty for his No. 19 Toyota failing inspection four times. His car chief, Todd Brewer, was ejected from the event and Suarez had to start the race from the rear.

Suarez, who did not make the playoffs, remains 20th in the point standings after the penalty.

Joe Gibbs Racing will not appeal the penalty.

NASCAR did not issue any other penalties.


Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne docked 10 points for inspection failures

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Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne were docked 10 driver points by NASCAR after their cars failed post-qualifying inspection three times Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

Each team was also docked 10 owner points.

Neither team will appeal their penalty.

Harvick drops to 58 points behind Kyle Busch but remains second in the standings. This is his second points penalty of the season.

He lost 20 regular-season points and seven playoff points after sweeping both stages of a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR ruled the car had a failed window brace and side skirts that were aluminum instead of steel.

Kahne fell a spot to 28th in the standings, nine points behind Michael McDowell.

NASCAR also issued two indefinite suspensions.

David M. Little, Jr. was suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Douglas E. Chouinard was suspended for violating rule 2.11.a in the rulebook, which states, “Any NASCAR Member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR … prior to the next scheduled Event or within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”

Two crew chiefs fined for loose lug nuts at Kentucky

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NASCAR has issued two fines to crew chiefs for loose lug nuts last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Brian Wilson, crew chief for Paul Menard in the Xfinity race, was fined $5,000 for a loose lug nut. Menard finished ninth.

Kevin Bellicourt, crew chief for Justin Haley in the Camping World Truck Series, was fined $2,500 for a loose lug nut. Haley finished 10th.

There were no other penalties.