NASCAR Hands Down Severe Penalties


Published on July 30 2014 2:55 am
Last Updated on July 30 2014 2:55 am
Written by Millie Lange

NASCAR handed down severe penalties  to Denny  Hamlin's No. 11 team in the Sprint  Cup Series  on Tuesday after his Joe Gibbs Racing car failed post-race inspection this past Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hamlin's crew chief,  Darian Grubb, and car chief, Wesley Sherrill, have both been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup races.

The two JGR  members will  also be  on probation  for the  next six  months.  Grubb has  been fined  $75,000 plus  an additional $50,000 post-race fine for a total of $125,000. Furthermore, Hamlin received  a loss of 75 points in the driver's championship standings, and J.D. Gibbs was docked 75 points in  car owner  points.

Following his third-place finish  in  the Brickyard  400 at Indianapolis,  NASCAR officials found issues with the rear firewall block-off plates on Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota. Those parts in  question  were confiscated and  taken to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina  for further evaluation.

NASCAR determined the  parts were illegal and said in a news release the rules infraction by the No. 11 team at Indianapolis was a P5 level penalty.