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Nick Sandler, crew chief for the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., has been suspended for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway as part of a P3 penalty assessed to the team for a violation at Richmond International Raceway.
During opening day inspection on Friday, the No. 17 did not meet vehicle safety specifications in Section 20.13.I-1.d of the NASCAR Rule Book. The specific infraction relates to an illegal steering wheel coupling. The part did not meet the SFI 42.1 specification, which pertains to the steering wheel quick disconnect/release.
Sandler has been suspended from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points events through May 4, fined $20,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Stenhouse, who finished 26th at Richmond, currently sits 19th in the points standings.
In addition to the penalty on the No. 17 team, two other teams were issued written warnings for failing pre-race inspection.
The No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson failed twice at the template inspection and the No. 14 of Tony Stewart failed twice at the LIS (laser inspection system) station. Both teams received a written warning, as it was the first offense for each.
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