NASCAR slaps massive penalty on Michael McDowell’s team: details


Getty NASCAR issued major penalties to the No. 34 team.

The sanctioning body has once again shown its willingness to bring down the hammer in the Next Gen era. NASCAR issued L2-level penalties to the #34 Front Row Motorsports team after Michael McDowell finished sixth at Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR issued a press release on July 26 and detailed the penalties. The statement said Team No. 34’s penalty falls under Sections 14.1 C, D, and Q of the NASCAR rulebook, as well as Sections 14.5 A and B. These sections cover vehicle assembly and vehicle modification. a single supplier. part.

NASCAR did not announce which part violated the rule, but mechanic/writer Bozi Tatarevic provided more information. He said he heard FRM use putty on a body panel gap, which is more egregious than the tape used on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 and No. 18 cars at Pocono Raceway.

This level L2 penalty entails the loss of 100 driver points and 100 owner points. Additionally, NASCAR fined crew chief Blake Harris before suspending him from the next four Cup Series events. He can return for the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway on August 27.

If McDowell wins any of the next five races and secures a spot in the playoffs, his team will receive another penalty. The L2 tier penalty also includes losing 10 points in the playoffs, which would automatically drop him below the Round of 16 boundary line.

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No. 34 returned to R&D center

GettyMichael McDowell races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This penalty follows a post-race decision by NASCAR officials. They randomly selected #34 Front Row Motorsports and #47 JTG Daugherty Racing to undergo further evaluation. These stock cars returned to the NASCAR R&D Center along with disqualified entries #11 and #18 from Joe Gibbs Racing.

NASCAR officials will randomly select cars to bring back to the R&D center for further post-race inspection. This does not mean that these teams will receive penalties, but it is possible that the inspection will reveal an illegal modification. The most recent penalty report is a good example of this as there was nothing wrong with No 47 while the changed game on No 34 resulted in a massive penalty.

Following the announcement of the penalties, McDowell will now fall further below the boundary line. He left Pocono 20th in points with 447. He is now 26th and behind Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing with 347 points.

New penalties have become part of the next-gen era

When NASCAR turned the page on the Next Gen era, it announced that there would be significant changes. One of the biggest was the addition of a new penalty system covering single-source parts.

The three-tier system includes a wide range of penalties, including fines, loss of driver and owner points, and suspensions. The most egregious violations can also result in loss of playoff eligibility.

Since the unveiling of the new system, NASCAR has issued penalties to several teams. The No. 42 and No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports teams both received L1-level penalties before the race at Pocono, which included suspensions for both crew chiefs and the loss of 35 driver points and 35 owner.

The #6 RFK Racing team was the first to take a massive penalty. NASCAR announced on March 24 that Brad Keselowski’s team received an L2 level penalty. The team lost 100 driver points and 100 owner points while crew chief Matt McCall received a $100,000 fine and a four-race suspension. This penalty also stemmed from a teardown at the NASCAR R&D center.

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