The Nos. 3, 14 and 19 teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series received L1-level penalties for violations found during teardowns at the NASCAR R&D Center following Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway.
The Nos. 14 and 19 teams both had rear window violations. The No. 14 team was found to have violated Section 22.214.171.124 (dealing with rear window support). A brace that supports the rear window failed and did not meet specifications for keeping the rear window glass rigid in all directions at all times. The No. 19 team violated Section 126.96.36.199.c as its rear window decklid was not sealed properly.
Crew chiefs Mike Bugarewicz (No. 14) and Scott Graves (No. 19) each were fined $50,000. Car chiefs Jerry Cook (No. 14) and Todd Brewer (No. 19) each were suspended for the next two Monster Energy Series points races. The teams also were docked 20 driver points and 20 owner points apiece.
Clint Bowyer drove the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to a runner-up finish while Daniel Suarez drove the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a third-place finish at Dover.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team was found to have violated Section 20.4.3.a&.d (splitter did not meet rule specifications). Crew chief Justin Alexander was fined $25,000 and car chief Greg Ebert was suspended for the next Monster Energy Series points race. Austin Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish at Dover.
All of these teams have the right to appeal their penalties to the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.
NASCAR officials issued a total of five L1-level penalties Wednesday, including two in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
In addition, the No. 41 Monster Energy Series team was found to have one lug nut not secure in post-race inspection. Crew chief Billy Scott was fined $10,000. Kurt Busch drove the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to a fifth-place finish at Dover.