NASCAR Xfinity: three teams in violation of rules after Texas
By AMANDA VINCENT
Three NASCAR Xfinity Series teams — the No. 1 and No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet teams of Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick and the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Brendan Gaughan — were in violation of NASCAR rules following Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth.
Sadler’s team had only 19 of the required 20 lug nuts properly installed and secured post-race. While Harvick and Gaughan’s cars were too low in the rear when presented for post-race inspection. Penalties, if assessed, will be announced in the coming week.
The No. 1 team is expected to receive a $5000 fine but no points deduction as a result of recent changes to penalties assessed to certain specific rules violations. Meanwhile, if past penalties from the Camping World Truck Series are any indication, the Nos. 88 and 62 teams may face a points deduction.
In terms of driver points, among Harvick and Gaughan, only Gaughan would be affected by a possible points deduction, as Harvick does not collect Xfinity Series driver points as a Sprint Cup Series regular. Gaughan is one of the eight remaining drivers in the Xfinity Series chase. After a 15th-place finish, the lowest among the chase drivers, in Saturday’s race, Sadler is last in the chase standings, 23 points out of the top-four. Four drivers advance in the chase after the Nov. 12 race at Phoenix International Raceway.