NASCAR Increases Rear Suspension Penalty

Matt Kenseth

NASCAR has upped the punishment for rear suspension penalties. (Photo: Getty Images)


NASCAR has upped the punishment for rear suspension penalties.

In the aftermath of last week’s races at Darlington Raceway when Denny Hamlin’s XFINITY Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins were both deemed encumbered finishes because of a rear suspension violation discovered in post race inspection, the sanctioning body has raised the stakes for violators.

The L1 penalty is now a $75,000 fine for a Cup crew chief ($40,000 in XFINITY), a three-race suspension for the crew chief and car chief as well as the loss of 40 driver and owner points. That’s an increase from the previous 25-point penalties and two race suspension plus adds the car chief to the list of those who will be punished.

A race win by a team that is found with this infraction will continue to be ruled encumbered, with playoff eligibility and playoff points stripped.

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