NASCAR assess penalties from Darlington

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Following the weekend at Darlington Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, NASCAR has assessed penalties in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

In MENCS, race winner, Denny Hamlin, was assessed with a L1 encumbered penalty. Hamlin’s car was found to be in violation of sections 20.14.2 (rear suspension) of the NASCAR rule book.

Hamlin’s crew chief, Mike Wheeler, has been fined $50,000 and suspended from the next two championship points events. The team also lost 25 driver and owner points following the penalty. The team will be unable to use the five additional playoff points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was also penalized for having more than one lug nut unsecured post-race. Crew chief, Greg Ives, has been fined $20,000 and suspended from the next championship point event.

Hendrick Motorsports announced that Travis Mack will serve as the interim crew chief. Mack is the team’s car chief.

“We have a tremendous amount of confidence in Travis and everyone on the team,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of competition at Hendrick Motorsports. “Our people have done a great job all year with the lug nut rule. We won’t dwell on it (the penalty) and will look forward to having Greg back on the box next week at Chicagoland.”

In NXS, Hamlin and second place finisher, Joey Logano, were also assessed an encumbered L1 penalty. Hamlin and Logano were found in violation of section 20.14.2 (rear suspension) of the NASCAR rule book.

Eric Phillips and Greg Irwin have been fined $25,000 and suspended from the next two NASCAR XFINITY Series championship points events. The teams were assessed the loss of 25 owner points.

There were no issues from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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