NASCAR Cup: Greg Ives fined after Kansas Speedway
No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
The weekly penalty/warning report released by NASCAR on Wednesday included a $10,00 fine to Greg Ives, crew chief on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series. Alex Bowman drove the No. 88 in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City on Oct. 16. Ives’ fine was a result of the No. 88 not having all its lug nuts properly installed at the end of the Kansas race.
NASCAR also issued several written warnings as a result of inspection issues at Kansas. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Matt Kenseth failed pre-race laser inspection three times, resulting in a written warning and the loss of 15 minutes of practice time during the Oct. 21-23 race weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway that will culminate in Sunday’s running of the Hellmann’s 500.
The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Carl Edwards, the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr. received warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. The warnings were the fourth for the No. 19 and No. 42 teams, so they probably will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Austin Dillon and the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet team of Regan Smith each received warnings for twice failing pre-race template inspections.
The No. 55 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet team of Cole Whitt twice failed pre-qualifying laser inspection, while the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Jamie McMurray and the No. 78 team received warnings for twice failing pre-qualifying template inspection. The warning issued to the No. 1 team was the fourth for that team and came early enough in the weekend, that the team served its penalty during the Kansas race weekend in the form of a loss of pit selection.
NASCAR also issued four warnings to Xfinity Series teams as a result of inspection issues at Kansas. The Xfinity Series ran the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 15.
The No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team that had Cole Custer behind the wheel at Kansas and the No. 86 Bandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet of Brandon Brown received written warnings for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. The No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet of Brennan Poole and the No. 70 Chevrolet of Derrike Cope received warnings for failing pre-race template inspection three times.