Kyle Busch’s Xfinity crew chief suspended one race for Pocono violation


NASCAR has issued a one-race suspension and a $10,000 fine against Eric Phillips, crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Xfinity team, for a violation last weekend at Pocono Raceway.

The team, which won the Pocono Green 250 with Kyle Busch, was issued an L1 infraction for failing post-race heights inspections.

Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR’s allowed tolerances.

In addition to a loss of 10 owner points, the win will not apply to seeding in the owners points playoffs or tiebreakers.

JGR will not appeal the penalty. Dustin Zacharyasz will serve as crew chief.

In its penalty report, NASCAR also announced that Jeremy L. Murphy has completed its Road to Recovery program and that his suspension has been lifted.

Ben Rhodes’ crew chief suspended one race, fined for inspection violation at Daytona

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NASCAR has suspended ThorSport Racing crew chief Eddie Troconis for one race and fined him for a post-race inspection violation at Daytona.

Troconis was suspended and fined $5,000 after the rear of the No. 41 Ford of Ben Rhodes was found to be too low after Friday night’s race.

The L1 penalty also comes with the loss of 10 driver and owner points.

ThorSport had no comment regarding a possible appeal or substitute for Troconis.

Rhodes finished fourth in the race after starting 24th. The finish will not count toward playoff eligibility if a tiebreaker is needed.

Troconis is in his second season working with Rhodes.

NASCAR did not issue any other penalties.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s team receives minor penalty from Texas

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Brian Pattie, crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., was fined $10,000 for a missing lug nut on the No. 17 Ford after finishing 14th Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

There were no other penalties in the Cup or Xfinity series from the race weekend at Texas.

Also Wednesday morning, Team Penske’s appeal of a penalty to Brad Keselowski’s team was denied.

Click here to see the penalty report from Texas.


Three Sprint Cup teams issued warnings after Martinsville

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Three Sprint Cup Series teams have been issued written warnings following infractions last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The No. 93 team failed the Laser Inspection Station three times during pre-qualifying inspection. In addition to receiving its first written warning, the team will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Matt DiBenedetto drove the car to a 32nd-place finish at Martinsville. Ryan Ellis will attempt to qualify the car this weekend.

The No. 6 team of Trevor Bayne was issued its third written warning after failing the Laser Inspection Station twice during pre-race inspection.

The No. 11 team of Denny Hamlin was issued its third written warning after failing template inspection twice during pre-qualifying inspection.

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NASCAR issues warnings to three Sprint Cup teams, four truck teams from Talladega

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NASCAR issued warnings to multiple Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams following last weekend’s action at Talladega Superspeedway.

The No. 5 (Kasey Kahne) and No. 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) Sprint Cup teams were issued written warnings for failing the Laser Inspection Station twice during prerace inspection for the Hellmann’s 500. It was the fourth warning for both, meaning loss of pit stall selection. Those penalties were served in Talladega.

The No. 32 (Bobby Labonte) team was issued a written warning for failing template inspection twice during pre-race inspection. That penalty also resulted in a fourth warning that was served at Talladega.

Lastly, the No. 47 (AJ Allmendinger) team was issued their first written warning, also for failing prerace template inspection.

There was no penalty or fine for Truex’s team after NASCAR confiscated the left-front jack bolt from the No. 78 during qualifying. At the time, NASCAR officials said the jack bolt did not meet required specifications.

In the Truck Series, the No. 44 (Tommy Joe Martins) team was issued its first written warning for failing height and weight measurement inspection three times during prerace inspection. The team also will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The No. 02 (Dylan Lupton), No. 19 (Daniel Hemric), and No. 29 (Tyler Reddick) teams were issued written warnings for failing height and weight measurements twice during prerace inspection.

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