NASCAR Cup: Tony Gibson fined after Pocono
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By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of driver Kurt Busch was issued a P2-level penalty after Monday’s rain-delayed and fog-shortened Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., according to NASCAR’s weekly penalty/warning report issued on Wednesday. As a result, crew chief tony Gibson was fined $10,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year.
The penalty was issued because the right-rear quarter panel of the No. 41 car was modified after pre-race inspection.
Josh Patch, the gas man on the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford of race winner Chris Buescher, was issued a P1 penalty for having his face shield on his helmet up while on the service side of the pit wall. He was fined $1,000.
NASCAR also issued several warnings to Sprint Cup Series teams because of inspection issues at Pocono. The No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet team of Regan Smith and the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota team of David Ragan received warnings for twice failing pre-race laser inspection. Both teams received additional warnings for also twice failing pre-qualifying template inspection. The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson also received a warning for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice.
The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Kyle Busch, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Matt Kenseth and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr. were warned for failing pre-qualifying template inspection three times. They also were penalized 15 minutes of practice time.
The No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet team of Casey Mears and the No. 95 Circle Sport-Levine Family Racing Chevrolet team of Michael McDowell received warnings for twice failing pre-qualifying laser inspection at Pocono.