NCWTS: Erik Jones’ Race-Winning Truck Fails Post-Race Inspection

RaceChaser Staff Midwest, NASCAR 0 Comments

NEWTON, Iowa — staff report — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo — The race-winning truck of Erik Jones measured too low in the rear during post-race inspection following Friday nights American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Officials said the issue would be evaluated further at the NASCAR Research and Development Center during the upcoming week.

Jones dominated the Camping World Truck Series event, leading 131 of 200 laps. It was his second career win.

Unlike the Sprint Cup Series, ride-height rules remain in place for entries in the Nationwide and Truck Series.

“It was close. It was off a little bit, but it was close,” said Eric Phillips, crew chief for Jones’ Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota. “Not sure right now, but we’ll look at everything. Obviously it wasn’t anything intentional but we’ll look into it. It’s a rough race track and just not a situation we want to be in, but we’ll have to see what happens on the first of the week when we get home and look over it.”

Team owner Kyle Busch measured too low in the front during post-race inspection at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 51’s last race, which marked Busch’s fifth win in five truck series starts this season. NASCAR determined that the violation was a P2 penalty, violating Section 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

After the Kentucky event, Phillips was fined $5,000 and owner Busch was penalized with the loss of six championship truck owner points.

“The Kentucky deal is completely a different thing,” Phillips said. “We were probably pushing tolerances there, but that’s our job to do, but here it wasn’t that, by no means. We’ll just have to figure it out Monday and see what happens.”

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