NASCAR officials have suspended Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn for one Sprint Cup Series point race and fined him $50,000 for a roof flap violation detected during pre-race inspection for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. and owner Barney Visser have been penalized 15
championship driver points and owner points, respectively.
Pearn was already on suspension through Dec. 31 for a roof flap violation
detected prior to qualifying for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season opener at
Daytona, leading to the elevated penalty. Furniture Row Racing has said it will
appeal the penalty, with Pearn’s suspension deferred until after that appeal is
heard. He is expected to be atop the No. 78 pit box this weekend at Las Vegas
In addition, nine other Sprint Cup teams were fined, or received warnings
as a result of violations detected during the Atlanta race weekend.
Randall Burnett, crew chief for AJ Allmendinger’s No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
Chevrolet, has been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31.
Allmendinger and team owner Tad Geschickter will forfeit 10 championship driver
and owner points.
All three Richard Childress Racing crew chiefs Slugger Labbe (Austin Dillon),
Justin Alexander (Paul Menard) and Luke Lambert (Ryan Newman), as well as
Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing crew chief Dave Winston (Michael
McDowell) have each been fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31,
with their drivers and owners losing 10 championship points apiece.
Four teams -- No. 32 GoFas Racing, No. 83 BK Racing, No. 88 Hendrick
Motorsports and No. 98 Premium Motorsports -- received warnings for failing
multiple template inspections last weekend.