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NASCAR issues severe penalty to Hendrick Motorsports

NASCAR severely penalized Hendrick Motorsports Tuesday for issues with hood louvers discovered on all four Hendrick cars last weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR issued the following penalties:

docked Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson And William Byron Also fined 100 points and 10 playoff points each.

Suspending crew chiefs Cliff Daniels, Alan Gustafson, Rudy Fugley and Blake Harris each four races. NASCAR also imposed a fine of $100,000 each.

NASCAR awarded 100 owner points and 10 playoff points to each of the four Hendrick teams.

NASCAR confiscated the hood louvers (air vents) from all four Hendrick cars after Friday practice at Phoenix Raceway. Series officials discovered a potential issue before practice, allowed the Hendrick teams to run the session, and then took the parts down.

Hood louvers are single-source parts.

NASCAR increased penalties on single-source parts last year.

“The car was a collaborative project, designed to emphasize on-track performance and the unmatched abilities of our teams, drivers and pit crews,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief operating officer, in January 2022. For any team that runs contrary to that design so fans can focus on our drivers and the great racing they’ve come to expect from NASCAR.

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