Penalty Roundup: Atlanta

by March 3, 2016

NASCAR officially announced a myriad of penalties facing teams in all three national series on Wednesday afternoon.


At the Sprint Cup level, the most severe penalty of the weekend was a P3 penalty assessed to the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team following an infraction that was discovered during pre-race inspection.

As a result of the penalty, crew chief Cole Pearn was suspended for one points race, was fined $50,000 and remains on NASCAR probation until December 31st. The team was also assessed with the loss of 15 driver and owner points.

Furniture Row Racing has appealed the penalty, thus Pearn will be able to serve as crew chief for this weekend’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Five teams within the Richard Childress Racing family were assessed with P2 penalties following Atlanta with the No. 3, 27, 31, 47 and 95 teams being hit with penalties. The No. 47 team’s penalty was issued from a pre-qualifying inspection infraction while the remaining teams’ issues were discovered during pre-race inspection.

Each team’s crew chief was fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through December 31st. All teams were docked 10 driver points (Michael McDowell for the No. 95 ride) and 10 owner points.

The No. 32, 83, 88 and 98 teams were issued written warnings from NASCAR for failing template inspection multiple times prior to qualifying – the No. 32 team having done so three times while the remaining times having done so twice.

The written warning was the only punishment for the No. 83, 88 and 98 teams while the No. 32 team will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend.


The No. 2 Richard Childress Racing team was issued a P2 penalty after failing post-race inspection. As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman was fined $50,000.

The No. 1, 3, 11, 24, 33 and 51 teams were each issued written warnings for having failed the laser inspection system two times prior to Saturday’s Heads Up Georgia 250.


The No. 86 team was the only team to be tagged for any sort of warning or penalty exiting Atlanta.

The team was issued a written warning after it was discovered on opening day inspection that their truck’s trailing arm did not meet specifications.

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