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Kenny Francis Penalized After Talladega Qualifying Infraction

May 6th, 2014 at 9:47 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Kenny Francis, crew chief of the #5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet and driver Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports, has been penalized following an infraction found in post-qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon. 

The #5 team was found to be in violation of section 12-1 (actions detirmental to stock car racing) and section 12-4.3(A)1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rule book. 

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Francis made this comment after qualifying about the situation with the #5 Chevrolet. 

"Basically we had a malfunction with a ballast container. The cap that holds the ballast in came out. It could be mechanical or human error we are not really sure what happened. At the end of the day 25 pounds of ballast came out and we were 25 pounds light at the scales. The time was disallowed and we will have to start at the back."

Not only did the team have to start in the back of the field for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway but NASCAR announced Tuesday that Francis was fined $25,000. No word on whether Francis will appeal his penalty. He was not placed on probation for the infraction either.

Kahne came from the back of the pack on Sunday and scored an eighth place finish. Currently Kahne is 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings and is 29 points out of the final qualifying position for the Chase Grid.

Tags: Kasey Kahne, Kenny Francis, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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