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Darlington Penalty Reports

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Big penalties came out of the Darlington race weekend that affects 3 teams, those of Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. More specifically, these penalties affect the 3 team’s crew chiefs.

Both of Hamlin’s Darlington wins from his weekend sweep are encumbered. Both of his Toyota Camrys were found to have illegal truck trailing arms. As a result, Cup crew chief Mike Wheeler has been suspended for the next 2 races and fined $50,000. The 11 team has also lost 25 driver and owner points, as well as lost 5 Playoff points due to the encumbering.

On the Xfinity side, 18 team crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $25,000. The team also lost 25 car owner points and 5 Playoff points. Both of Hamlin’s Xfinity Series wins this year, Michigan and Darlington, have been encumbered. In addition, Joey Logano’s runner-up finishing 22 car also had an illegal truck trailing arm. Penske Xfinity crew chief Greg Erwin has been fined $25,000 and suspended for 2 races. The team also lost 25 owner points. Ironically, a very similar penalty was incurred by Logano on the Cup side after winning Richmond in the spring. The encumbered win from that day has Logano returning to Richmond in a must-win scenario if he is to make the Playoffs.

Bad Luck Continues for Earnhardt Jr.

Now back to the Cup Series, and to the 88 team of Dale Earnhardt Jr. After the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, the 88 Nationwide Chevrolet had 2 loose lugnuts. Crew chief Greg Ives is fined $20,000 and suspended for 1 race. Dale Earnhardt Jr must win this weekend’s race at Richmond if he is to make the Playoffs. He has won at Richmond 3 times before, but his uphill battle just got a lot steeper. Regardless, many fans still believe a miracle win can happen at Richmond for Dale Jr.

Moving Forward

Denny Hamlin will be without his crew chief for races at his home track and race 1 of the Playoffs. Dale Jr will also go into a must-win situation at Richmond without Greg Ives. Lastly, the Penske Xfinity team will have a substitute crew chief for the last 2 races of the regular season. This weekend’s penalties were harsh and stern to teams who need some luck at Richmond.