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NASCAR Cup: Chase Elliott’s team penalized after ISM Raceway

AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 11: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 11, 2018 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team of Chase Elliott in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was the most severely penalized because of rules infractions during the March 9-11 race weekend at ISM Raceway near Phoenix that culminated in the March 11 running of the Ticket Guardian 500 Cup Series race.

Crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $50,000, car chief Josh Kirk was suspended for two Cup Series points-paying races and Elliott and the No. 9 team were docked 25 points because of an issue with the car’s truck trailing arm.

“Section 20.14.2 Rear Suspension l-4 Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims e. Notes: 6. Truck trailing arm spacer/pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times. Rule 12.5.2.6.2(c) applied to race finish as a post-race L1 infraction,” read the penalty announcement from NASCAR on Wednesday.

Hendrick Motorsports is appealing the penalties. The points deduction dropped Elliott from a tie for 16th to 22nd in the points standings.

NASCAR also has indefinitely suspended race team members Brandon J. Lee and Wayne F. Kanter for violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. Lee is the car chief on the No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing team of A.J. Allmendinger in the Cup Series. They may be reinstated upon successful completion of NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

Mike Wheeler, crew chief on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Denny Hamlin; Jeremy Bullins, crew chief on the No. 12 Team Penske team of Ryan Blaney; Brian Pattie, crew chief on the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; Todd Gordon, crew chief on the No. 22 Team Penske team of Joey Logano; and Cole Pears, crew chief on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of Martin Truex Jr., were each fined $10,000, because their cars each had a lug nut loose or missing after the Ticket Guardian 500.

Eric Phillips, crew chief on the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Kyle Busch, and Brian Wilson, crew chief on the No. 22 Team Penske team of Brad Keselowski, were each fined $5,000, because their cars each had a lug nut loose or missing after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway on March 10.

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