Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson hit with penalties for Darlington infractions
Ryan Newman’s hopes for making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup just got a little more challenging.
Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR penalized Newman and Richard Childress Racing after his car flunked the post-race Laser Inspection Station in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Newman was docked 15 points, which puts him 22 points outside the Chase cutoff with only Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway left before the final Chase grid is set.
RCR was penalized 15 car-owner points and Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, was fined $25,000.
Kyle Larson was also docked 15 points, but since he has a race victory, he’s locked into the Chase already. His crew chief, Chad Johnston, was fined $22,500 and Chip Ganassi Racing lost 15 car-owner points.
Also at Darlington, Wood Brothers Racing driver Ryan Blaney was fined $1,000 for “improper driver protective clothing/equipment,” and Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards each lost 15 minutes of practice time at Richmond for failing the LIS three times in pre-race.
Tony Stewart’s Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet failed pre-race template inspection twice and received a written warning. But because the team has failed that test four times this year, they will lose their right to pick a pit stall at Richmond.
Keselowski also has failed four times and won’t get to pick a pit stall at Richmond.
Finally, Joey Logano and Jeffrey Earnhardt got written warnings for failing LIS twice in pre-race.