NASCAR officials issued L2-level penalties Tuesday to Xfinity Series driver Alex Labbe and team owner Mario Gosselin for a violation of NASCAR’s testing policy.
Gosselin, who fields multiple Xfinity Series cars under the DGM Racing banner, was fined $50,000 and docked 75 points in the series’ team owner standings. Labbe was also hit with a 75-point penalty, dropping him from a tie for 16th place to 21st in the driver standings.
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The infraction falls under the heading of Section 5.1.a. and d. in the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rule Book, which strictly prohibits private vehicle testing.
Social media posts pictured Labbe driving a No. 91 Chevrolet during track time for the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) GT-1 class last weekend at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. The Xfinity Series is set to debut on the layout Aug. 15, without practice or qualifying scheduled beforehand.
DGM Racing indicated in a statement later Tuesday that it intends to appeal the ruling. “DGM Racing is aware of the allegations against us,” the statement on social media read. “We feel we followed all the proper protocol and will be appealing the penalty. We are unable to comment further. Thank you for the support we have received so far.”