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NASCAR Hands Down Penalties to Three Teams from This Past Weekend’s Races

August 5th, 2014 at 8:27 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Tuesday NASCAR announced penalties for three teams stemming from this past weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series action.

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Red Horse Racing's No. 17 team that Timothy Peters drives for was slapped with a P3 penalty under NASCAR's new deterrence system. During opening inspection at Pocono Raceway the team's carburetor base plate was confiscated. According to the NASCAR rule book the combined thickness of the throttle shaft and the throttle plates (butterflies) must not be less than 0.197 inch.

As a result of the infraction crew chief Paul Richmond was fined $7,500 and placed on probation until December 31st. Peters is currently eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points and is 49 points behind points leader Ryan Blaney after 11 of 22 races.

Owner-driver, Norm Benning, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also attracted a penalty from the Pocono Mountains 150 race. His team used an unapproved air gun. According to the NASCAR rule book only two NASCAR-approved half-inch air wenches, with a single socket and with a hex design capable of removing or attaching one lug nut at a time, must be used to change tires/wheels during any pit stops.

As a result of the infraction Norm Benning will lose practice time in the first practice on Friday, August 15th at Michigan International Speedway for the running of the Careers for Veterans 200. Benning is currently 16th in the Truck Series points.

The other penalty handed down was in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and went to Rick Ware Racing's No. 23 team that Carl Long drove for at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. He finished 32nd in the US Cellular 250.

The team was hit with a P3 penalty for having an illegal ballast in practice on Friday, August 1st. According to the NASCAR rule book any weight added to the car must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR officials. In Long's No. 23, the weight was not properly attached and fell out during practice.

As a result crew chief George Church was fined $10,000 and placed on probation until December 31st. The No. 23 team is currently 32nd in the Nationwide Series owner's points.

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Tags: Carl Long, George Church, Iowa Speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Norm Benning, Paul Richmond, Pocono Raceway, Red Horse Racing, Rick Ware Racing, Timothy Peters

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