Truex team hit with penalty after Richmond

Martin Truex Jr. finished third Saturday at Richmond (Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. finished third Saturday at Richmond (Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. finished third Saturday at Richmond (Getty Images)

The Furniture Row Racing No. 78 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series was hit with a P2 penalty Wednesday.  The car, with driver Martin Truex Jr. finished third Saturday night.  The Toyota failed post race inspection laser inspection (LIS).

Crew chief Cole Pearn was fined $15,000, and the team was assessed a loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points. The same car along with the No. 18 of Kyle Busch, the No. 16 of Greg Biffle, and the No. 22 of Joey Logano were given written warnings for twice failing LIS pre-qualifying.

The points however were deducted before the reset for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Truex remains seeded sixth in the 16-driver Chase field with 2006 points based on his two regular season race wins.

Also in the penalty report issued Wednesday, the No. 7 car of Regan Smith was given a written warning and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time for failing LIS three times prior to qualifying.

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