Multiple penalties have been issued to Chevrolet and Toyota teams ahead of Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 from Las Motor Speedway.
A pre-qualifying penalty for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Chase Elliott resulted in car chief Matt Barndt being ejected for the remainder of the weekend. The car, which failed pre-qualifying inspection twice, will start ninth on Sunday.
Three penalties were issued to three Toyota teams, which were all either Joe Gibbs Racing cars or ones affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing. Penalties were issued to the three Toyota machines based on the nose of each of the cars not conforming to NASCAR specifications.
The No. 18 of Kyle Busch, No. 11 of Denny Hamlin and No. 95 of Christopher Bell were all issued L1 level penalties following pre-race inspection. Each of the three cars will be moved to the back of the field for the start of tomorrow’s Pennzoil 400 as well as receiving a 10 point deduction in the driver and owner point standings. Earlier in the weekend, all four Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas and the No. 95 Toyota were docked for attempting to change the shape of the nose of the cars with body filler. The infraction resulted in reduced practice time of Friday.
The penalty erases a pole position start for Kyle Busch, who was set to start on the pole after qualifying was rained out on Saturday and the starting order was set by points. The No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin will start from the rear for the second time in a matter of two weeks as the car was penalized last weekend at Daytona. Hamlin went on to win the Daytona 500 Monday evening.
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