By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR released its penalty report on Wednesday, listing penalties assessed for rules infractions during the recent Chicagoland Speedway race weekend in Joliet, Ill., that culminated in Sunday’s running of the MyAFibRisk.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race, the first race of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Among those penalized was Chase driver Clint Bowyer and his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota team.
Bowyer and team owner Rob Kauffman were each docked 25 points. Also, crew chief Billy Scott was fined $75,000, suspended for the next three Sprint Cup races and placed on probation for six months. The penalties are the result of a rules infraction that was discovered during opening-day inspection on Sept. 18. According to the penalty announcement, NASCAR cited violations of sections 12.1, 20.14.c, 188.8.131.52.k, 184.108.40.206.d, 220.127.116.11.1.d and f and 18.104.22.168.2 of the 2015 rule book. The announcement also described the penalty as P4 level.
After the penalty announcement, MWR released the following statement:
“Michael Waltrip Racing respectfully disagrees with today’s penalties and plans to immediately appeakl. MWR has made mistakes in the past, but we feel we are correct in this instance. We look forward to the opportunity to present our case to the appeals committee and have no further public comment until the process is completed.”
Because of appeal, Scott’s suspension will be delayed until the team’s appeal is heard by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel. NASCAR has requested that the appeals process be expedited.
The No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of driver Danica Patrick was also penalized after Chicagoland. The right-side quater panel behind the rear wheel was modified. The infraction, classified as a P2-level infraction, was discovered during pre-qualifying inspection. As a result, crew chief Daniel Knost and car chief Pete White were placed on probation through the end of the year.
Two NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, both from Joe Gibbs Racing, were penalized after the Sept. 19 race at Chicagoland.
The No. 54 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch failed post-race inspection because the car was too low. As a result, crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $12,500 and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Car owner J.D. Gibbs was docked 10 car owner points. Busch does not earn driver points in Xfinity Series competition.
The No. 18 JGR Toyota team (driver Daniel Suarez) was penalized because the right-side vertical extension panel (side skirt) was modified after pre-race inspection. Crew chief Erik Phillips and crew member John Egbert Jr. were both placed on probation through the end of the year.
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