By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 98 Premier Motorsports team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was penalized by NASCAR for an incident when Timmy Hill was driving the No. 98 in practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24 in preparation for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard, also known as the Brickyard 400. NASCAR announced the penalty via press release on Wednesday.
Crew chief Scott Eggleston was fined $25,000 and suspended from the next points-paying Sprint Cup Series race on the schedule. If there is not appeal that would delay the penalty, that race would be Sunday’s Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Car chief Kevin Eagle also was suspended for the next race.
Additional penalties include the loss of 15 championship owner points for team owner Mike Curb and probation through the end of the year for both Eggleston and Eagle. The penalties were of P3 severity on NASCAR’s published penalty scale.
The penalties came as a result of an improperly attached weight coming loose and flying out of the car during the practice session. Penalties have been assessed twice this season for similar incidents in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but Premier Motorsports is the first Sprint Cup team to be penalized for losing weight during a practice session.
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