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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 11287777 Jeremy Mayfield - 151 points, $50,000 fine Jeremy+Mayfield+-+151+points%2C+%2450%2C000+fine NASCAR

Infraction: Irregularities in car's fuel at Talladega in May 2000. According to NASCAR, an agent was added to the fuel to increase oxygen content to make the car go faster.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 31705733 Image: NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth (© Todd Warshaw/Getty Images) Image%3A+NASCAR+driver+Matt+Kenseth+%28%26copy%3B+Todd+Warshaw%2FGetty+Images%29 NASCAR

Matt Kenseth offers his reaction to his penalties.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 30342053 Kyle Busch, parked for two Texas races Kyle+Busch%2C+parked+for+two+Texas+races NASCAR

Kyle Busch (18) rammed Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) during a caution period in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Nov. 4, 2011 at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR officials took quick action, parking the driver for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races that weekend — a costly move for a driver contending in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 31082319 Kurt Busch, suspended for Pocono race Kurt+Busch%2C+suspended+for+Pocono+race NASCAR

Kurt Busch was already on probation when he told a reporter that it was that fact that "refrains me from not beating" him up, though in relatively more colorful language. That confrontation, which came on pit road following the Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway in June 2012, was the latest in a series of Busch run-ins with members of the media that had resulted in monetary fines. This time, NASCAR went a step further and suspended the Phoenix Racing driver for one race.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 12163666 Clint Bowyer — 150 points, crew and car chief suspended, fined $100,000 Clint+Bowyer+%26mdash%3B+150+points%2C+crew+and+car+chief+suspended%2C+fined+%24100%2C000 NASCAR

Infraction: His car body failed to match the templates at a postrace inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following the opening 2010 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which he won. Bowyer was penalized 150 points, crew chief Shane Wilson and car chief Chad Haney were suspended six races and fined $150,000 and team owner Richard Childress was penalized 150 points. The team appealed the penalties all the way to the chief appellate officer, who upheld the point deduction but reduced the fine, to $100,000, and suspensions, to four races each for Wilson and Haney.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 11287512 Travis Kvapil - 150 points, $100,000 fine Travis+Kvapil+-+150+points%2C+%24100%2C000+fine NASCAR

Infracton: Using nonconforming equipment and modifying the valve stem hardware at Pocono in June 2010. His crew chief, car chief and tire specialist were also suspended for 12 races each.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 31697933 Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano, 25 points Brad+Keselowski%2FJoey+Logano%2C+25+points NASCAR

Defending series champ Keselowski and Penske Racing teammate Logano were each assessed 25-point penalties following infractions in the race at Texas Motor Speedway. The penalties went further, though, with each losing his crew chief (Paul Wolfe for Keselowski and Todd Gordon for Logano), car chief (Jerry Kelley for Keselowski, Raymond Fox for Logano) and team engineer (Brian Wilson for Keselowski and Samuel Stanley for Logano) to suspension for six points races in a span that also covered the all-star race. Travis Geisler, who serves as team manager for both the No. 2 and No. 22 cars, was also suspended six points races.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 11287511 Jeff Gordon - 100 points Jeff+Gordon+-+100+points NASCAR

Infraction: Unapproved intake manifold at Richmond in September 2000.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 29870542 Richard Childress – Probation, $150,000 fine Richard+Childress+%26ndash%3B+Probation%2C+%24150%2C000+fine NASCAR

Infraction: Team owner Childress had a confrontation with driver Kyle Busch following a Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway in June 2011, allegedly punching Busch several times during the clash. NASCAR deemed the actions detrimental to stock car racing, fined Childress and placed him on probation for the rest of the year.

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NASCAR 167 43 Biggest NASCAR penalties 31697930 Penalty time Penalty+time NASCAR

NASCAR levied harsh penalties to the Penske Racing teams of defending series champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano following infractions discovered at Texas Motor Speedway, then heavier fines to Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team when the engine failed to meet specifications on April 24.

 

They're not the first to be caught by NASCAR, though. Check out the biggest hits NASCAR has levied in history against teams caught crossing the line.

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