Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams have been penalized following last week’s event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team has been penalized for an infraction during pre-qualifying inspection May 21. The right rear quarter panel wheel opening was modified after qualifying inspection. That infraction is a P2 level penalty and as a result, crew chief Matt McCall has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
Two other operations – the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports and No. 51 HScott Motorsports teams – have been assessed P1 penalties for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events. The No. 48 team received a warning from the May 16 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and another in pre-qualifying inspection last weekend. The No. 51 team also received written warnings for the May 16 event, and last weekend.
Those multiple written warnings are covered under Section 126.96.36.199 of the NASCAR rule book, which reads:
“Multiple warnings issued to the same member or team will result in one or more P1 penalties; c. If the same team receives two warnings during the same event or two warnings during two consecutive events, whether the events are championship or non-championship, then this may result in one or more … P1 penalties at NASCAR’s discretion.”
As a result of these infractions, the No. 48 and No. 51 teams will receive the last two choices in the pit selection process this weekend at Dover International Speedway.