By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR has been busy handing out warnings since Sunday’s rain-delayed Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Warnings to the No. 2 Team Penske Ford team of Brad Keselowski and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Tony Stewart brought those teams’ tallies up to at least four written warnings. As a result, the teams were handed penalties to be served during the Oct. 16-17 race weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Stewart and Keselowski’s teams will be the last two to make pit selections, regardless of where their drivers qualify on Friday evening for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. Stewart’s team also will be docked 15 minutes of practice time.
The No. 2 team’s warning came as a result of section 20.20.a (installation of components and/or modifications of existing components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle will not be permitted) and section 18.104.22.168.1.c (installation of additional components and/or modifications of existing components that affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle that are not explicitly permitted) of the 2015 NASCAR rule book.
The No. 14 team received three warnings during the Charlotte race weekend. The team had trouble getting through the inspection process. Two of the warnings came as a result of failing pre-race inspection templates too many times and pre-qualifying inspection too many times. The other warning came as a result of an issue with the driver-adjusted track bar.
Several other teams also received warnings after Charlotte but received no penalties.
The No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team of Clint Bowyer received two warnings, one for failing pre-race inspection too many times and the other for failing pre-race inspection templates too many times.
The other Penske entry, the No. 22 Ford team of Joey Logano, and the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford team of Ryan Blaney each received warnings for the same rules infractions as Penske’s No. 2 team.
Two Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet teams, the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon and the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. received warnings for inspection issues. Gordon’s team failed pre-qualifying inspection too many times, while Earnhardt’s team failed pre-race inspection too many times.
The No. 4 Stewart-Haas team of reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also were warned or failing pre-race inspection too many times.
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