The Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 race last Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway was definitely not without drama. Recently, NASCAR handed down a number of penalties and suspensions to both drivers and crew members among 10 of its teams. This resulted in some sizeable fines as well as docked championship points for drivers and owners, which may see an effect in standings.
For Furniture Row Racing, the penalties and fines are hefty. A $50,000 fine has been imposed on one of its employees due to a rule violation during the race in Atlanta on Sunday. To make things worse, driver Martin Truex Jr. has also been penalized 15 championship driver points while the team’s owner, Barney Visser, has also been given a penalty of 15 championship owner points. Moreover, the team’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, has been suspended for one Sprint Cup Series points race. And the reason behind all this is a roof flap infraction found during the pre-race inspection.
Following NASCAR’s decision, Furniture Row Racing saidit will appeal its penalty. In their defense, the team explained the infraction was fixed and it had no bearing in the race. “The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related,” the team explained.
Since the team is going to make an appeal, the suspension and fines have been temporarily deferred. Meanwhile, Truex has dropped from second to ninth place in the drivers standings following the penalty.
Fines amounting to $15,000 were also imposed on JTG Daugherty and Richard Childress Racing and Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing. Crew chiefs from the said teams have been put on probation until December 31. Their teams will also suffer a loss of 10 championship owner and driver points. This includes AJ Allmendinger who will go from 26th place to 30th in the driver standings following the penalty.
On the other hand, written warnings have been issued against Go Fas Racing with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, BK Racing with driver Matt DiBenedetto, Hendrick Motorsports with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Premium Motorsports with driver Cole Whitt.
The teams will now be heading to Las Vegas for the Kobalt 400 on March 6.