The No.9 team from Hendrick Motorsports has been issued an L1-level penalty for an infraction last weekend at ISM Raceway.
Chase Elliott’s Chevrolet was one of those taken to the NASCAR R&D Center where it was found to have a rear suspension infraction. Per the NASCAR penalty report, the truck trailing arm space/pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.
As a result, car chief Josh Kirk has been suspended for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, crew chief Alan Gustafson has been fined $50,000 and the team has lost 25 owner and driver points. Elliott also will not be able to use his third-place finish from the race toward any tie-breaker scenarios he may be in.
With the loss of the 25 points, Elliott has dropped from 16th to 25th in the standings.
Other penalties following the Ticket Guardian 500 include $10,000 fines for the crew chiefs of Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr. All had one lug nut not properly safe and secured.
In the Xfinity Series, crew chiefs Eric Phillips (of the No.18) and Brian Wilson (of the No.22) were fined $5,000 for not having a lug nut properly safe and secured.