Encumbered Penalty Highlights Pocono/Iowa

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by Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, NASCAR announced penalties across all three national series from this past weekends events from Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway.

The No. 77 Furniture Row Racing team of Erik Jones was assessed a L1 penalty. NASCAR found that the truck trailing arm spacers and the pinion angle shims were not conformed to the NASCAR rule book section 10.14.2. As defined by section 12.10 in the rule book, the eighth-place finish was encumbered.

The rule states that the truck trailing arm spacer and the pinion angle shim must be in complete contact with corresponding surfaces at all times. This rule also caught the No. 22 team of Joey Logano following their win earlier this season at Richmond Raceway.

Jones will lose 25 owner and driver points. Crew chief, Chris Gayle, was fined $50,000 and suspended for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events.

The penalty will drop Jones from 16th in driver points to 18th in points.

Furniture Row Racing president, Joe Garrone released a statement about the penalty:

“We understand and accept NASCAR’s penalty to our No. 77 team. We will not appeal the unintentional infraction with the rear suspension and will move on with team engineer James Small taking over as the interim crew chief for the next two races.”

Other issues from Pocono in the Cup Series include unsecured lug nut penalties on No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Kyle Busch, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team of Trevor Bayne. Crew chiefs Adam Stevens, Brian Pattie, and Matt Puccia have been fined $10,000 each.

In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ryan Reed were found with unsecured lug nuts after the event at Iowa Speedway. Crew chief, Phil Gould, has been fined $5,000.

In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the No. 52 team of Stewart Friessen was also found with unsecured lug nuts after the race. Crew Chief, Trip Bruce, was fined $2,500.

All crew chiefs were found in violation of NASCAR rule book sections 10.9.19.4.

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