Bowyer, Suarez teams penalized for Dover infractions

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Bowyer, Suarez teams penalized for Dover infractions

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Bowyer, Suarez teams penalized for Dover infractions

Three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams have been issued L1-level penalties from NASCAR.

The cars of Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez were taken for further evaluation at the NASCAR R&D Center following last Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway. The violations were found there.

Bowyer finished second. Suarez finished third and his car was chosen as the random.

Bowyer’s car had an issue with the rear window, and the NASCAR penalty report notes section 20.4.8.1 of the rulebook where the “rear window support braces must keep the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times.”

Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz has been fined $50,000 and the team has been docked 20 driver and owner points. Car chief Jerry Cook has been suspended from the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

On the No. 19 car, the violation was with the rear window not being sealed flush to the deck lid.

Crew chief Scott Graves has been fined $50,000 and the team docked 20 driver and owner points. Car chief Todd Brewer has been suspended from the next two races.

Also penalized was Richard Childress Racing and the No. 3 team.

During pre-race inspection on Sunday, officials deemed the car’s splitter was not in compliance and sent Austin Dillon to the rear of the field for the start of the race. Today, NASCAR fined crew chief Justin Alexander $25,000 and suspended car chief Greg Ebert for one race.

A safety penalty was also issued to Kurt Busch’s No. 41 team for one unsecured lug nut. Crew chief Billy Scott has been fined $10,000.

There were also penalties in the Xfinity Series. The winning car of Justin Allgaier was issued an L1-level penalty for a rear suspension issue. As NASCAR has cracked down on in the past, the No. 7 was found to not have the truck trailing arm spacers/pinion angle shims in complete contact with the corresponding mating surface.

As a result, Allgaier loses the playoff eligibility the win provided and JR Motorsports has been docked 25 driver and owner points. Crew chief Jason Burdett has been fined $25,000 and suspended for the next two races.

The RCR No. 3 was also penalized for having a splitter not in compliance, which was found during the opening day of inspection. Crew chief Nick Harrison has been fined $10,000 and car chief Michael Scearce has been suspended for one race.

In the Camping World Truck Series, No. 4 crew chief, Wes Ward, has been fined $2,500 for a lug nut issue.

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