NASCAR Penalizes Five Crew Chiefs

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NASCAR officials announced Thursday that five team crew chiefs had been penalized, one suspended, based on inspections made before last weekend’s Busch and Winston Cup events in Las Vegas.

Kevin Harvick’s Busch Series crew chief, Todd Berrier, was the hardest hit. He was fined $5,000 and suspended for the next two Busch races after officials discovered an oversized fuel cell container on the No. 2 car in an inspection before Saturday’s Sam Town 300.

Winston Cup crew chiefs Peter Sospenzo, Royce McGee, Greg Conner and Chris Carrier received fines.

McGee was fined $5,000 after officials discovered a performance-enhancing additive to the air filter on Mike Skinner’s No. 31 car in an inspection before Sunday’s UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Carrier, crew chief on Joe Nemechek's No. 33, was penalized for "A-frames not meeting the minimum thickness." He was fined $2,000.

Conner, crew chief on Rick Mast's No. 50, was fined $1,000 for an "A-frame not meeting the minimum thickness."

Sospenzo walked away with a $250 fine after a prerace inspection revealed adjustable braces on the No. 12 car driven by Jeremy Mayfield.

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