Penalties aplenty at Kentucky before the racing even starts

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 11: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Chevrolet, is pushed through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2019 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

NASCAR confiscated the No. 52 Halmar Racing Chevrolet of driver Stewart Friesen when officials found issues with the vehicle’s firewall during opening inspection at Kentucky Speedway Thursday.

The team was forced to go to a backup truck for Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race. The move to the backup means Friesen, second in the series standings, started from the rear in Thursday’s race. He made a nice redound however to finish second.

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford driven by Austin Cindric drew an L1 penalty for an illegal body modification discovered during opening NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR slapped crew chief Brian Wilson with a $10,000 fine and a one-race suspension, which he will serve this weekend.

The penalty carries a loss of 10 points for Cindric, who is fourth in the series standings, and 10 points for the team owner. After the penalty, Cindric enters Friday’s Alsco 300 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) 129 points behind series leader Tyler Reddick.

Greg Engle