NSCS: NASCAR Introduces Stiffer Penalties for Infractions in Chase

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla– Wednesday afternoon NASCAR announced stiffer penalties for teams that fail post race inspection for the Chase and beyond for all three major touring series, in the wake of the amount of failures in post race inspection teams have been presented with this season.

Teams have asked the NASCAR officials for clearer definitions on penalties heading into the Chase so it is more concrete for everyone across the board.

So, headed into the playoffs the new rules will be as followed:

(A) Following the conclusion of a race, any team that fails their post-race pass through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) will be subject to a level P4 penalty. This penalty entails that if the offending car wins the race, his/her victory will not be encumbered and would not count towards the next round in the Chase, a loss of 35 drivers and owners championship points and the crew chief being suspended for three races and fined $65,000 would follow also.

(B) If a team is found to have a missing lug nut in post race inspection they are subject to a crew chief suspension for the next race.

(2B) If a team is found to have fewer than 17 lug nuts on the car, it is considered a P4 penalty and the same repercussions would apply as if it were an LIS failure.

(C) If a championship team were to fail any of these rules come Homestead-Miami Speedway, they will be automatically ruled out of contention for the title or any tie breakers and it would be considered a level P4 penalty.

All of this is coming on the heels following the past couple of races where multiple teams have failed the LIS at one point or another. Most notably out of this list was third place finisher Martin Truex Jr. at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.

Drivers who have been penalized due to the post-race LIS failures this season include Chase contenders, the No.2 of Brad Keselowksi, the No.20 of Matt Kenseth, the No.42 of Kyle Larson and the already aforementioned Truex Jr.

As well as the No.5 of Kasey Kahne and most notably the No.31 of Ryan Newman who found his Chase hopes dashed after being penalized following the Southern 500 for failing the LIS post-race.

NASCAR has said, “they want an equal playing field” and this is the only way that they will get what they want.

With the Chase starting at Chicagoland Speedway  in less than five days, the sport needs to lay down the law and make the rules very black and white for teams. No questions asked and no gray area untouched. A championship is on the line and it is imperative that NASCAR and the teams get this right.


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