On Tuesday NASCAR penalized the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team for a violation found in post-race inspection after Friday night's American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway. The race-winning truck of Erik Jones was found to be too low in the rear.
The No. 51 team was also penalized after the June 26th race at Kentucky Speedway that Kyle Busch won. That truck was too low in the front. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series still has a ride height rule in place unlike the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which got rid of that rule this season.
As a result of the most recent penalty Erik Jones was docked 10 championship points and Kyle Busch was docked 10 points in the owner standings. Crew chief Eric Phillips was fined $6,000 for the P2 level penalty and also placed on probation until December 31st. For the first penalty the team also lost 10 owner's points and Phillips was fined $5,000 that go around.
As a result the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports team over the past two races have seen their 48 point lead in the owner standings cut down to 28 over the No. 88 ThorSport Racing team that Matt Crafton drives for and Rhonda Thorson owns. Erik Jones is not running the full season as he splits time with Kyle Busch in the truck so the points penalty does not effect much for him,
The 18-year-old Jones is now a two-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in only nine starts. He will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is Wednesday, July 23 at Eldora Speedway for the second annual 1-800-CarCash MudSummer Classic.
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