UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has elected not to appeal the penalties decribed below. Richard Boswell will serve as the interim crew chief this weekend at Texas. Boswell has served as the crew chief on the No. 41 SHR Xfinity car when it has run with Kevin Harvick a few times this season.
Stewart-Haas Racing has been handed an L1-level penalty after last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway and the crew chief of its No. 14 driven by Clint Bowyer has been fined and suspended.
In post-race inspection at the NASCAR R&D Center, officials determined the No. 14 Ford violated section 126.96.36.199 of the NASCAR Rule Book under the TV Video Package. The infraction was that the TV Video Package simulated weight did not meet NASCAR specifications. What this means is that if the car is not using an in-car camera that week, the team is required to mount a simulated weight to account for its absence.
Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz has been fined $25,000 and suspended for one race for the infraction. Stewart-Haas Racing has been docked 10 owner and driver points and Bowyer’s fourth-place finish in the First Data 500 is also encumbered.
Other penalties following Martinsville include two for lug nuts not being properly installed. Scott Graves (Daniel Suarez’s crew chief) and Bootie Barker (Ty Dillon’s crew chief) have both been fined $10,000.