By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR continues to dole out written warnings to some of its top Sprint Cup Series team as part of its new system aimed at getting teams through inspection faster. Four written warning were issued after the June 14 Quicken Loans 400 race weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Teams receiving written warnings because of difficulty getting through inspection at MIS included the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team of Dale Earnhardt Jr., the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Kyle Busch, the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Carl Edwards and the No. 98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford team of Josh Wise.
The No. 88 team made three passes through the pre-race inspection process. The other three teams required more than two pre-qualifying inspectioin attempts. Team are given written warnings by NASCAR if they require more than two trips through during any given inspection period.
If any of the teams had failed inspection three times, and therefore requiring a fourth pass through, during any of the inspection periods at Michigan (pre-qualifying, pre-race), they would be docked practice time the next time the Sprint Cup Series is in action (June 28 race weekend at Sonoma, Calif., Raceway). Written warnings during two-consecutive race weekends may result in a P1 penalty, possibly a pit selection penalty. Teams may be issued a P2 penalty if six written warnings are handed down for said team in a sixth-month period. P2 penalty options include points deductions, fines and suspensions.
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