No major issues arose after the fifth round of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The worst infraction was incurred by Greg Ives and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, who were hit with a (P2) penalty during post race inspection. A loose lug nut will cost Ives, the crew chief, $10,000.
Matt Kenseth and team will be forced to forego 15 minutes of the first practice session at Talladega. Three failures at the Laser Inspection Station prior to the race, brought on the punishment from NASCAR officials.
Seven other teams received written warnings from NASCAR for various minor infractions. Most notably, the teams of Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon and Carl Edwards. No other penalties were issued to the teams, but Truex Jr.’s team has already received four written warnings, and could face harsher punishment for further infractions.
The XFINITY Series garage was not without its faults over the weekend, as four teams were issued written warnings. The teams of Cole Custer and Brandon Brown were issued written warnings for LIS failures, with the teams of Brennan Poole and Derrike Cope joining them with written warnings due to failing template inspection twice or more prior to the race.
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