Kurt Busch crew chief among those penalized after Pocono

Kurt Busch finished 10th Monday at Pocono. (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch finished 10th Monday at Pocono. (Getty Images)
Kurt Busch finished 10th Monday at Pocono. (Getty Images)

NASCAR released its weekly penalty report Thursday, a day later than usual given the rain delayed Pocono race that took place on Monday.  The Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kurt Busch was hit with a P2 penalty after NASCAR officials found the right rear quarter panel had been modified after pre-race inspection. Crew chief Tony Gibson was fined $10,000 and put on NASCAR Probation through Dec. 31.

Busch, who won the June race at Pocono, was sent to the rear of the field Monday. He finished the race 10th.  The finish clinched a spot for Busch in this year’s Chase.

There were several other penalties announced Thursday.

• Josh Patch,  the gas man for the No. 34 team of race winner Chris Buescher, was fined $1,000 and the team was assessed a P1 penalty for safety violations at Pocono. NASCAR pit-road officiating said Patch was “on the service side of the pit wall with face shield up.” Sections 12.1 and of the NASCAR Rule Book apply.

• The  cars of Regan Smith and David Ragan failed pre-race laser inspection twice Sunday. The cars of Casey Mears and Michael McDowell failed pre-qualifying laser inspection twice on Saturday. The Smith, and Regan cars and the No. 42 of Kyle Larson failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice. All received written warnings.

• Three teams received written warnings and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time after having inspection trouble. The No. 18 of Kyle Busch, No. 20 of Matt Kenseth and No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr. all failed pre-qualifying template inspection three times on Saturday.

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