NASCAR Cup: No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team among those warned at Bristol
No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams received written warnings as a result of twice failing pre-race laser inspection on on Aug. 20 at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway before the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. They include the No. 11 and No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota teams of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Ryan Newman and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr., according to the weekly penalty/warning report issued by NASCAR on Wednesday.
The written warning issued to the No. 18 team was the fourth for the team. As a result, that team will lose its pit selection for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Regardless of where Busch qualifies the car, the No. 18 team will make its pit selection last.
The warning for the No. 78 team was that team’s third. So, if it receives another written warning, the No. 78 will suffer the same fate as the No. 18 team.
The No. 22 Team Penske Ford team of Joey Logano also received a written warning after failing pre-qualifying laser inspection at Bristol twice on Aug. 19.
NASCAR handed down and indefinite suspension, coming out of the Bristol race weekend, to crew member Ryan Southall. Southall was issued a behavioral penalty for violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. As of March 1, 2016, Southall was listed as a mechanic on the road crew of the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet team of Clint Bowyer on a team roster on NASCAR.com
NASCAR also issued a couple of written warnings to Xfinity Series teams after the Bristol race weekend that included the Aug. 19 running of the Food City 300. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Ty Dillon and the No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet team of David Starr received warnings for twice failing pre-race laser inspection.