Paul Menard and the No.27 team of Richard Childress Racing are the latest team to be penalized by NASCAR.
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that the No.27 team of RCR has been penalized due to infractions that were made during the race weekend at Michigan. Infractions to the NASCAR rulebook were found during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center.
During post-race inspection the No.27 team was found in violations of sections 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing. The No.27 team was also found in violation of 12-4K, race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event. As well as section 8-12, modified, repaired or changed in any manner, intentionally modifying frame rails. With the rule infractions the team was found of making the modifications in purpose of deceiving NASCAR’s inspection gauges.
NASCAR has issued penalties throughout the No.27 team. Crew Chief Slugger Labbe has been fined $100,000 and has been suspended. Labbe will be suspended until October 3 and will be on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Craig Smokstad has also been suspended along with Labbe until Oct. 3 and on probation until the year’s end. Crew member Grant Hutchens has also been suspended and placed on probation with Smokestad and Labbe.
Driver Paul Menard has been docked 25 driver championship points. Car owner Richard Childress has also been docked 25 owner points.