NASCAR penalizes Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones
JUL 15, 2014 4:46p ET
The No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports team of part-time Camping World Truck Series driver Erik Jones has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 11 at Iowa Speedway, NASCAR announced Tuesday evening.
Jones -- who drove to victory at Iowa in the Toyota he is sharing this season with team owner Kyle Busch -- and the No. 51 team were hit with a P2 level penalty for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
As a result of the infraction, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $6,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31, while Jones has been stripped of 10 championship driver points, and owner Busch has been docked 10 championship owner points.
Asked earlier Tuesday whether he expected to be penalized for the post-race issue, the 18-year-old driver demurred.
"I don't know," he said. "I guess we'll find out today on that one. I'm really not too sure what's going to become of that, but I just drive the trucks at the end of the day and sit on top of what they provide me with. We'll see what comes out today and see what NASCAR says."
Tuesday's decision marks the second time in as many outings that the No. 51 KBM entry has gone to Victory Lane, only to later be penalized for a post-race violation.
Busch, the truck's primary driver this season, was likewise levied a P2 level penalty when the No. 51 failed to meet post-race height requirements following his victory last month at Kentucky Speedway.
In addition to the loss of six owner championship points, NASCAR fined crew chief Phillips $5,000 for the Kentucky violation.
Jones, who is in his second season as a part-time driver for KBM, is scheduled make his Nationwide Series debut driving for Joe Gibbs Racing Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.