NASCAR confiscated the spoilers for the Nos. 6 and 17 cars in the Cup Series before Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It was found that the Roush Fenway Racing teams of Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher had violated section 20.4.12.b in the NASCAR Rule Book.
Except as specified, spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer. As a result of the violation, each team will be penalized with the loss of 20 driver and owner points, receive a $25,000 fine and start at the rear for Saturday’s race.
Newman was originally slotted to start 13th while Buescher was in 22nd. Buescher will fall from 21st to 24th in the standings because of the penalty while Newman will remain 26th as both drivers are currently outside the playoffs.
Additionally, the No. 7 of Joey Gase and No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson each had two inspection failures and will start from the rear. Johnson was originally slated to start 17th while Gase already was starting last in the field.