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NASCAR penalizes three NNS teams post-Vegas

March 11, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Race winner Team Penske among teams penalized for infractions

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NASCAR officials announced penalties Tuesday for three teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series after last weekend's racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski prevailed in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300, but NASCAR officials confiscated the right-rear shock from the winning No. 22 Team Penske Ford for further review at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C. After additional inspection, NASCAR found that the shock absorber exceeded the maximum gas pressure. It was classified as a P2 penalty under NASCAR's new deterrance system. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $5,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31.

Rookie Chase Elliott finished a career-best fifth, but his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was found to be too low in the front during a post-race inspection. It's a P2 penalty for the team, and crew chief Greg Ives has been placed on probation until Dec. 31.

The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for driver Elliott Sadler failed opening-day inspection in Las Vegas for carrying unapproved weight -- a P3 penalty. Crew chief Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Todd Brewer has also been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

There were no points penalties -- below is a chart that explains the level of penalties.

The series' next race is scheduled Saturday at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2) at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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