NASCAR Penalizes KBM Again
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 15, 2014 | 5:03 P.M. EST
NASCAR increased its penalties against Kyle Busch Motorsports after the team's winning Truck failed inspection a second consecutive race. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR has penalized Kyle Busch Motorsports' winning Truck a second consecutive race.
NASCAR announced Tuesday that it has docked Erik Jones 10 points, fined crew chief Eric Phillips $6,000 and penalized Kyle Busch 10 owner points after Jones' Truck was found to be too low in inspection after last weekend's Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.
The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
NASCAR penalized KBM for the same infraction after Busch won at Kentucky last month. NASCAR fined Phillips $5,000 and docked Busch six owner points for that infraction.
Busch explained last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway what the issue has been for his Truck team.
“There’s a tolerance ... of a quarter inch I think you’re allowed,’’ Busch said. “We start at the low side of that because that’s the way our setup is. The Nationwide cars, I think that tolerance is half an inch. They widened it. Guys are not having issues now because the tolerance is bigger. Our Trucks still seem to be having that issue just because the tolerance window wasn’t opened up as what Nationwide is.
“We’re trying to get it the best we can. It’s our front end setup stuff. People know what we’re running, they know what we’re doing. It’s just a matter of trying to get it fine tuned a little bit more where we can start higher and maybe maintain a little bit better height if they don’t change the rule.’’