NASCAR assesses penalties following Charlotte

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Following further inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development following the weekend’s events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR has announced penalties in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Matt Tifft and Blake Koch have been given a L1 penalty by NASCAR, which results in an encumbered finish. Both cars had height measurements that were outside of the allowed tolerances.  Tifft and Koch were found in violation of section 20.17.3.2.1.2 of the NASCAR rule book. Matthew Beckman, crew chief for Tifft, and Chris Rice have been fined $10,000 and suspended from he next NASCAR XFINITY Series event, which will be at Kansas Speedway. Both teams were assessed the loss of 10 driver and owner’s points.

After the penalty, Tifft was still above the cutoff line to advance into the next round of the playoffs.

In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Daniel Suarez was found with one unsecured lug nut. His crew chief, Scott Graves, was fined $10,000.

NASCAR also suspended Dennis O’Conner, a crew member, indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Reid T. Ferguson, crew member, has been reinstated by NASCAR for completing the Road for Recovery program.

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