NASCAR Cup: Five teams penalized through pit selection at Dover
By AMANDA VINCENT
Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet teams — the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kevin Harvick, the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team with Jeff Gordon as a substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the No. 47 JTG Daugherty team of A.J. Allmendinger, the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team of Paul Menard and the No. 46 HScott Motorsports team of Michael Annett — lost their places in the pit stall picking order as a result of inspection issues Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
The five aforementioned teams received their fourth written warnings for needing to many trips through inspection Friday before passing the inspection process. Once teams receive their fourth written warnings, they lose practice time or their places in pit selection order, depending on the timing of the warnings within a race weekend. Warnings are carred over from one weekend to the next, and when a penalty is served for a fourth warning, the warning count for a given team is reset to zero.
Pit selection order is determined by qualifying results. Qualifying was cancelled Friday, because of rain, so the starting grid for Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 was set based on car owner points. The order of pit selection was made by the same criteria.
With their losses in the pecking order, the five penalized teams made their selections last. Of the five, Harvick’s team was able to select its pit stall first by virtue of being higher in owner standings than the other four.
Harvick is the only Chase for the Sprint Cup competitor among the five penalized. As the winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last weekend, he has already clinched a position in the second round of the Chase.