NASCAR gives Hendrick Motorsports penalties following Richmond

Driver William Byron completes a lap during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Mike Caudill)

Following the weekend of racing at Richmond Raceway, NASCAR has penalized several teams.

The most noticeable penalty is the one given to the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 and No. 48 teams which were L1-level penalties.

As a result, William Byron and Alex Bowman each will lose 60 driver points and five playoff points. The teams also lost 60 owner points and five playoff owner points. In addition, the team’s respective crew chiefs (Brian Campe and Greg Ives) were fined $75,000 and suspended for two points events starting April 13.

The section referenced in the NASCAR Rule Book was 14.1.D Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules and 14.1.2.B Engineering Change Log. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed that the penalty was for a modification to the greenhouse area on each car that was discovered during post-race inspection.

This is not the first time NASCAR has dropped a notable penalty on Hendrick Motorsports. The last time Hendrick Motorsports was able to get the points penalties for it’s cars overturned while the financial and crew chief suspensions remained.

Others penalized 

In the Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR levied L1-level penalties against the Nos. 4 and 51 teams of Chase Purdy and Jack Wood for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the No. 2 team of Nick Sanchez for Rev Racing for unapproved engine oil reserve tanks found in opening day inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Each team will incur a loss of 10 driver points and 10 owner points.

In addition, NASCAR suspended Jeff Shoaf and Ronnell Wilson indefinitely for behavioral violations. Jordan Anderson Racing listed Shoaf as a tire carrier on the No. 31 team’s roster for the Richmond Xfinity Series race, while the No. 20 team of Joe Gibbs Racing had Wilson on its roster as a fueler for the same race.

John Bman
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