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Following a 14th-place finish at Pocono Raceway last Saturday, Timothy Peters’ No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota was found too low in post-race inspection. On Wednesday, NASCAR handed down a six-point penalty to both Peters and truck owner Tom DeLoach as well as a $5,000 fine to crew chief Butch Hylton. The truck was found in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to the NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20B of the NASCAR rule book), and 20B-12.8.1A (the roof failed to meet the minimum height requirement during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book. RHR issued a statement not long after the penalty was assessed.
“Our race team respects NASCAR and the way our sport is governed by the sanctioning body,” said Tom DeLoach, Managing Partner of Red Horse Racing. “We fully acknowledge that the team was too low in post race inspection because of a shock malfunction. Red Horse Racing accepts NASCAR’s penalty and looks forward to success for the remainder of the 2013 season.”
The six-point deduction drops Peters to tenth in points, 85 markers behind leader Matt Crafton. In 11 races this season, the driver of the No. 17 has one win, two top 5s and six top 10s.
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