By AMANDA VINCENT
Kyle Busch dominated the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, leading 352 laps en route to his first Cup win of the season. But race day didn’t get off to a smooth start for his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team.
The No. 18 failed in the laser inspection station portion of the pre-race inspection process on Sunday, and as a result, the team received a written warning from NASCAR, according to a penalty/warning report from the sanctioning body on Wednesday. It was the team’s first written warning of the season.
The Camping World Truck Series also raced at Martinsville the day prior to the Sprint Cup event. Following the Martinsville race weekend, the No. 22 AM Racing team of driver Austin Wayne Self also received a written warning from NASCAR. That team’s warning was the result of truck trailing arms not meeting specifications during opening-day inspection the previous Thursday
Self was unable to get the No. 22 qualified for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Truck Series race during Saturday’s qualifying session. Self did race that afternoon, though. He raced the No. 44 usually raced by Tommy Joe Martins. Martins wrecked his truck during qualifying, and his team didn’t have a back-up truck with which to race.
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