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Wednesday was a huge day for NASCAR penalties and warnings.
Kyle Larson, who finished third in last weekend’s FireKeepers Casino 400, was docked 15 points as part of a P3 penalty levied against the team for failing post-race inspection. Larson’s crew chief for the week, Phil Surgen, was fined $25,000 as part of the penalty. Surgen was filling in for Chad Johnston, who was serving a suspension handed out following the Pocono race the week before.
While Larson’s No. 42 team was the big story, over 20 other teams across the three national series were warned as well. The No. 2 of Brad Keselowski, No. 16 of Greg Biffle, No. 23 of David Ragan and No. 46 of Michael Annett were all warned and docked 15 minutes of practice time at Sonoma for failing pre-qualifying inspection three times.
The No. 14 of Tony Stewart, No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 24 of Chase Elliott, No. 32 of Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 34 of Chris Buescher, No. 41 of Kurt Busch, No. 44 of Brian Scott, No. 47 of AJ Allmendinger, No. 55 of Cole Whitt, No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr. and No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. also failed pre-qualifying inspection twice but did not receive a time penalty.
It was Truex’s fourth warning and since it occurred before qualifying the team lost pit selection for the Michigan race.
Lastly, the No. 15 of Clint Bowyer was warned for failing pre-race inspection.
In the XFINITY Series, the No. 22 of Joey Logano failed post-race inspection and the team was docked 10 owner points. Crew chief Brian Wilson was fined $7,500 as well.
In the Camping World Truck Series, the No. 11 of German Quiroga was penalized for failing to have all lug nuts properly installed. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli was fined $5,000, was suspended through June 22 and placed on probation through the end of the year.
The No. 23 of Spencer Gallagher was warned for having illegal truck trailing arms.