Kasey Kahne loses points after Dover
No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team of driver Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized since failing post-race inspection Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway following the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The team was docked 15 car owner points, Kahne lost 15 driver points, and crew chief Keith Rodden was fined $25,000. After the penalty announcement from NASCAR on Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced it would not appeal the penalties, classified as P3 on NASCAR’s penalty scale.
After Sunday’s race, a NASCAR spokesperson announced that the No. 5 Chevy failed post-race laser inspection. The car was then taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.
“We had an unintentional issue at Dover when our left and right-side truck arms were bent at some point during the race,” Rodden said. “I’m disappointed in NASCAR’s decision, but we have to accept it and focus on the upcoming races. We have a great team with a lot of positive momentum that we hope to carry into the summer.”
In its penalty announcement, NASCAR cited violations of sections 220.127.116.11.2 (post-race general inspection measurements); 18.104.22.168.2 a, b, c, d and 22.214.171.124.1 n, o of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series rule book.
Kahne and the No. 5 team finished fourth at Dover, matching a season best, to this point. With the 15-point deduction, Kahne dropped from 16th to 20th in the championship points standings.
The penalties assessed to the Kahne and the No. 5 team weren’t the only penalties handed down to Sprint Cup Series teams after the Dover race weekend. The No. 23 BK Racing Toyota team of driver David Ragan was fined $1,000 because one of the members of the team failed to use a piece of mandatory safety equipment.
In the penalty announcement, NASCAR cited violation of 126.96.36.199.1 a [failure by the driver or crew members to properly wear or secure mandatory safety apparent or equipemnt (i.e. head socks, under garments, helmet face shields, shoes, gloves, etc.) in accordance with the NASCAR rules] of the 2016 rule book.
Three Sprint Cup teams — the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet team of Regan Smith, the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team of Dale Earnhardt Jr. — received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice on Sunday. Also, the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team of Chase Elliott received a warning for twice failing pre-race template inspection.