NASCAR has announced major penalties today for the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team after the team failed post-race inspection Sunday following the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The penalty was a P5 infraction, the second highest in NASCAR's new deterrence system, as the #11 team was found to have approved parts that failed or were improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan). This infraction violates Sections 12-1, 20-2.1, 20.3.4, 188.8.131.52 of the rule book.
Due to those infractions crew chief for Denny Hamlin's #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Darian Grubb has been suspended from NASCAR for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events starting with the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. In addition to the six race suspension Grubb has been fined $75,000 plus a $50,000 post race fine for a total of $125,000. Grubb has also been placed on probation for the next six months.
The #11 Joe Gibbs Racing team which finished third in the race has also been been docked 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and owner points. The team also has been deducted 25 post race points for a total of 75 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and owner points. The penalty drops Hamilin from 11th to 21st in the points. Luckily for Hamlin he has won a race so his Chase chances are still good.
This is the biggest penalty NASCAR has handed down this season with the new format for penalties put in place this offseason.
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