NASCAR’s penalized another Chase team following an infraction at Dover.
NASCAR placed Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr., on probation until Dec. 31, three days after finding Truex’s right-rear quarterpanel flared out during a visual inspection before Sunday’s AAA 400. While Truex’s No. 78 car passed initial inspection, it was sent back through the line and the infraction was confirmed.
Truex was sent to the back of the field for the start of the race, a potential blow to his championship hopes as one of the 16 drivers looking to be on the right side of the cutoff following the race. He recovered and finish 11th, locking himself into the second round of the Chase.
NASCAR originally stated there would be no additional penalties to the team other than sending them to the end of the field, but following further investigation it was decided that additional sanctions should be given.
Pearn will be atop the box for Furniture Row Racing for this weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after avoiding a suspension.