NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Norm Benning, has been fined by the sanctioning body.
The fine probably stuns most avid NASCAR fans that realize the already small budget Benning and his team have.
According to a press release from NASCAR, Benning was an offender of “Section 20B-2.3A: (any weight added to the truck must be bolted inside the body shell in an approved weight container and in a position acceptable to NASCAR Officials: Improperly attached weight to the truck bed cover) of the 20.”
The violation comes with a $5,000 penalty for the team’s crew chief, Ted Walters, who is in his first year as a NASCAR crew chief.
Norm Benning Racing has struggled mightily over the years with financial issues, including his failed attempts at making the Daytona 500 a few years ago.
His No. 57 team has missed five races this season, but in the 13 races they have made, Benning has not recorded a single DNF.
The infraction occurred on Thursday when his team arrived to Talladega during inspection.
“NASCAR has penalized the No. 57 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during opening day inspection last Thursday, Oct. 4 at Talladega Superspeedway.”
$5,000 is a lot of money for a small team that has only had two sponsors throughout the season. But, considering they have such limited funding, Benning was able to finish a season best 15th on Saturday.
Hailing from Level Green, PA, the team is considerably far away from the NASCAR world.
Overall, it’s likely that NASCAR didn’t want to hand out this penalty. However, they had to show other small teams that they can’t be adding weight to their cars or trucks such as Benning’s No. 57 team did.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.