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March 24, 2024

Rick Ware Racing No. 51 team disqualified for weight violation at COTA

Justin Haley's No. 51 Ford rounds the bends during Cup Series action at the Circuit of The Americas
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NASCAR officials disqualified the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford after Sunday’s Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas for a violation found in post-race inspection.

Competition officials determined that the car did not meet the minimum weight requirement after Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at the 3.41-mile road course. The infraction falls under Section 14.11.2 (“Vehicle Weight”) in the NASCAR Rule Book.

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Justin Haley had driven the No. 51 Ford to an apparent 17th-place finish in the race, matching his season-best result. He will instead be relegated to last place in the 39-car field and will collect last-place points in the revised finishing order.

The penalty also dropped Haley from what would have been a 26th-place ranking to 31st in the Cup Series standings.

Haley is in his first year with the Rick Ware-owned organization after spending the last two Cup Series seasons with Kaulig Racing.