Truck title contender Nemechek penalized after Chase opener
John Hunter Nemechek's title chances took a bit of hit this morning when NASCAR released this week's penalty report.
The height of Nemechek's truck was outside the allowed tolerances during post-race template inspection. As a result, the No. 8 team has been docked ten driver and owner points, crew chief Gere Kennon fined $6,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year.
The penalty drops Nemechek from fourth to seventh in the standings. In two races, both seventh and eighth in the points will be eliminated from the Chase. He's now five points below the cut line.
On the Cup side, six different teams were issued written warnings.
|No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing (Regan Smith)||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying and pre-race||Written warning (3)|
|No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing (Kevin Harvick)||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying||Written warning (3)|
|No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports (Kasey Kahne)||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying||Written warning (3)|
|No. 16 Roush-Fenway Racing (Greg Biffle)||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying||Written warning (3)|
|No. 83 BK Racing (Matt DiBenedetto)||Failed LIS twice, pre-qualifying||Written warning (1)|
|No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing (Denny Hamlin)||Failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying||Written warning (2)|
Other penalties included written warnings for the No. 51 and No. 18 Xfinity Series teams for failing LIS twice during pre-race and a written warning for the No. 50 Truck for failing template inspection four times during pre-race.
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