By AMANDA VINCENT
Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams were issued written warnings from NASCAR after the New Hampshire Motor Speedway weekend that culminated in Sunday’s running of the 5-Hour Energy 301.
The No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team (driver Paul Menard), the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team (Clint Bowyer), the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team (Denny Hamlin), and the No. 32 Go Green Racing team (Eddie MacDonald) received warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team (Ryan Blaney) was warned because it needed more than two attempts to get through pre-race inspection.
If any of the aforementioned teams receive written warnings for any reason stemming from the upcoming Brickyard 400 race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR reserves the right to issue a P1-level penalty that could include docking practice time or qualifying time, last choice in pit selection and/or an inspection delay. So far, making teams pick last during the pit selection process has been NASCAR’s go-to penalty in this situation.
The No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing team (Greg Biffle), the No. 13 Germain Racing team (Casey Mears), The No. 24 Front Row Motorsports team (Brett Moffitt) and the No. 33 Circle Sport team (Alex Kennedy) were penalized after the Kentucky Speedway race weekend, the weekend before the NHMS weekend, but they all excaped penalties, as none were issued a second-straight warning after New Hampshire.
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