NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr.’s team penalized for failed inspection
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By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of driver Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was issued penalties by NASCAR, according to the weekly penalty/warning report issued by the sanctioning body on Wednesday. The penalties are a result of the No. 78 car failing post-race laser inspection Saturday night after the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway.
Truex finished the race in the third position after leading a race-high 193 laps.
Crew chief Cole Pearn was fined $15,000, while the Truex was docked 10 driver points and the team 10 owner owner points. That point deduction, though, was enacted prior to the points reset for the Chase for the Sprint cup, therefore the deduction doesn’t affect Truex’s points total heading into the Chase.
NASCAR also issued written warnings to five Sprint Cup teams for inspection issues at Richmond. The No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet team of Regan Smith received a warning and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection three times on Sept. 9. The practice-time penalty was served during the RIR weekend.
The No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team of Greg Biffle, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Kyle Busch, the No. 22 Team Penske Ford team of Joey Logano and Truex’s No. 78 team received written warnings for twice failing pre-qualifying laser inspection.