NASCAR issues big penalty to winning Xfinity team after Daytona; Team will appeal

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - AUGUST 26: Jeremy Clements, driver of the #51 One Stop/ASE Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag under caution to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on August 26, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Jeremy Clements is no longer eligible for the NASCAR’s Xfinity Series Playoffs.

The Chevy fielded by Jeremy Clements Racing scored an upset win in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway. But Tuesday NASCAR issued a penalty report taking Playoff eligibility away. According to the report the violations were from Sections 14.6.12K&U and added: Intake Manifold Notes: All L2 Penalties found after post-Race inspection is completed will result in a Penalty(ies) based off the minimum Penalty options and the Race finishing position will not count towards eligibility for the Playoffs, advancement in the Playoffs, eligibility for non-Points Events, and tie breakers.

The rule states that the intake manifold must conform to NASCAR templates, gauges, scales, fixtures and any and all other measuring devices; while Section U notes the floor of the intake manifold plenum must conform to the NASCAR Inspection Intake Manifold Plenum Plug Gauge.

In order to qualify for the 2022 Playoffs, Clements will need to win one of the final three races of the regular season before the Xfinity Series Playoffs begin on Sept. 24 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The penalties also included Crew chief (Mark Setzer) being fined $60,000 and the team has been assessed with the loss of 75 owner points, 75 driver points and 10 NASCAR Playoff points.

The car passed initial post-race inspection early Saturday morning. No word on whether a further inspection at NASCAR’s R&D Center found the issue that caused the penalty.

The win was the second of Clements’ Xfinity career, the first coming at Road America in 2017.

Wednesday, Clements said they felt the modification NASCAR found was not something that would have improved performance and they would be appealing.

Greg Engle