NASCAR Cup: Ryan Newman’s points deficit grows before Richmond
Ryan Blaney (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Penalties handed out by NASCAR coming out of the Darlington (S.C.) Raceway weekend that culminated in Sunday’s running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race include points deductions for Sprint Cup competitors Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman.
Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Newman’s No. 31 Richard Childress Racing both failed post-race laser inspection at Darlington. As a result, each driver was docked 15 championship driver points, in addition to 15-point deductions for the respective car owners and fines for the crew chiefs on both teams. Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, was fined $25,000, while Larson’s crew chief, Chad Johnston, was fined $22,500.
Larson already is locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason by virtue of a win late last month at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Newman, though, is winless, so far, on the season will need to rely on points to get into the Chase if he doesn’t win Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway. Prior to the penalty, Newman was at a seven-point deficit heading into Richmond. As a result of the penalty, Newman now heads to Richmond with a 22-point deficit.
Richard Childress Racing has announced that it will not appeal the penalty assessed to its No. 31 team.
“We do not plan to appeal the penalty issued today to the No. 31 team,” a statement from RCR read. “Our rear toe settings were well within specs during pre-race inspection. The car made contact with the outside wall during the race, and there was clear damage to the right-rear fender and tire. NASCAR has told us that the LIS (laser inspection station) standard is clear, and the car must pass post-race inspection, even if damage has been sustained.”
Sprint Cup driver Ryan Blaney was fined $1,000 after Darlington because he practiced without wearing gloves, even though gloves are mandatory by NASCAR rules.
Other teams received written warnings because of inspection issues at Darlington.
The No. 2 Team Penske Ford team of Brad Keselowski and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Carl Edwards failed pre-race laser inspection three times, and as a result, received written warnings and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time this upcoming weekend at Richmond.
The No. 22 Team Penske Ford team of Joey Logano and the No. 32 GoFAS Racing Ford team of Jeffrey Earnhardt received written warning for twice failing pre-race laser inspection. The No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Tony Stewart received a written warning for twice failing pre-race template inspection.
Warnings also were handed out to Xfinity and Camping World Truck series teams. The No. 01 team in the Xfinity Series received a written warning for twice failing pre-race laster inspection. In the Truck Series, the No. 02 Chevrolet team of Tyler Young and the No. 8 Chevrolet team of John Hunter Nemechek each received a written warning after that serie’s Sunday race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park because their truck trailing arms did not meet required specifications.