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Truck title contender Nemechek penalized after Chase opener
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Sep 29, 2016, 3:25 PM

John Hunter Nemechek's title chances took a bit of hit this morning when NASCAR released this week's penalty report.

John Hunter Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet
John Hunter Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet
Race winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
Car of Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Ford during inspection

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. 

Team Infraction Penalty
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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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers John Hunter Nemechek
Teams NEMCO Motorsports
Author Nick DeGroot