NASCAR on Tuesday levied penalties against the second, third and fourth-place finishing teams for rules violations found during post-race inspection for last Sunday’s Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
The No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports team of driver Darrell Wallace Jr., the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports team of driver Ben Kennedy, and the No. 98 ThorSport Racing team of driver Johnny Sauter were each assessed a P3 level penalty for violating Section 20B-12.5 (D) (offset front hubs found in post-race inspection) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, the teams’ respective crew chiefs — Jerry Baxter (No. 54), Michael Shelton (No. 31) and Gene Wachtel (No. 98) — have been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
Wallace, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate who scored his first truck win at Martinsville last fall, finished second on Sunday behind race winner Matt Crafton.
Kennedy, a series rookie who is the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and nephew of NASCAR Chairman Brian France, finished third at Martinsville in only his seventh career truck start.
Sauter, Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammate and a two-time Martinsville winner, finished fourth.