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NASCAR penalizes winning Truck team from Michigan

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NASCAR suspended crew chief Shane Huffman one race and fined him $5,000 after an issue with the bed cover on Darrell Wallace Jr.‘s winning truck last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR also docked MDM Motorsports 10 owner points for the L1 infraction, and the finish is encumbered. NASCAR stated that vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only. The issue was discovered at the R&D Center.

MDM Motorsports will appeal the penalty, allowing Huffman to work through Wednesday night’s Truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR also announced Wednesday that crew chief Jeff Hensley had been suspended one race and fined $5,000 because Grant Enfinger‘s eighth-place truck failed post-race front body inspection heights at Michigan. NASCAR also docked Enfinger 10 points and ThorSport Racing 10 owner points for the L1 infraction. Enfinger’s finish is encumbered.

Hensley has been suspended two additional races because the weights on Enfinger’s truck were affixed improperly. NASCAR also suspended truck chief Josh Hankish two races for the same safety issue. That violation was discovered in pre-qualifying inspection.

NASCAR states that Hensley can serve both suspensions at the same time, so he will only miss two races total. By sitting out tonight’s Bristol race, he will fulfill his one-race suspension for the heights infraction and one of the two races he’s suspended for the safety violation. Hensley then will have to miss the Sept. 3 race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He’ll be able to return for the Sept. 15 race at Chicagoland Speedway.

ThorSport Racing will not appeal the penalties.

Bud Haefele will serve as the crew chief for the next two races for Enfinger’s team. Rich Riley will ser as the truck chief in that same span.

With the penalty, Enfinger is 24 points out of the final playoff spot.

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Panel upholds Talladega penalties against No. 33 Truck Series team

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With one minor change, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Tuesday reaffirmed the P4 level penalties levied on Oct. 28 to three members of the No. 33 GMS Racing team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Crew chief Shane Huffman, driver Brandon Jones and Maurice Gallagher Jr., were all assessed penalties related to illegal brackets/supports found on Jones’ truck during post-race inspection after finishing second behind race winner Timothy Peters at Talladega Superspeedway two weeks ago.

Huffman was originally fined $10,000, and suspended for the next three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that period, as well as placed on probation for the next six months.

The Appeals Panel upheld Huffman’s penalties, but with one modification: he will remain on suspension only for the final two races of the season (Phoenix and Miami), rather than extending through the first race of the 2016 season at Daytona.

Per the Panel’s decision:

“The Panel finds that the suspension portion of the Penalty for the crew chief should not last beyond the current season in this special case because of the delay in the originally scheduled hearing. All other portions of the original Penalty as levied by NASCAR (e.g.; owner points; driver points; fine; probation) are affirmed and upheld.”

The loss of 25 championship driver points against Jones and 25 championship owner points against Gallagher Jr. were upheld by the Panel, which was made up of David Hall, Hunter Nickell and Kevin Whitaker.

Huffman, Jones and Gallagher retain the right to appeal the Panel’s decision to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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