Penalties Assessed in XFINITY Series From Watkins Glen

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

During post-race technical inspection from Watkins Glen International, NASCAR found no issues in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. However, NASCAR assessed penalties on Wednesday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

During post-race inspection, William Byron’s No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was found to be outside of NASCAR rear body height tolerance. Crew Chief, David Elenz, was fined $10,000 and will be suspended from the next XFINITY Series event, which would be Mid-Ohio. The team will lose 10 driver and owner points. The 10th place finish will be considered encumbered. Byron was found in violation of section 20.17.3.2.2.2 in the NASCAR rule book.

JR Motorsports will not appeal the penalty:

“After communicating with NASCAR on the penalty incurred by the No. 9 team following last weekend’s race at Watkins Glen, we recognize and accept it,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “The team will move on to Mid-Ohio this weekend with engineer Brandon McSwain serving as interim crew chief for William Byron and the No. 9 Axalta team. Director of Competition Ryan Pemberton will help call the race from pit road on Saturday.

Dakoda Armstrong was also assessed a penalty from NASCAR due to an improperly affixed weight. Crew chief, Steven Lane, and car chief, Rick Markle, have been suspended from the next three XFINITY Series points events. Lane and Markle will return at Darlington Raceway. Armstrong was found in violation of section 20.17.2.1 of the rule book.

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