Kenny Francis, crew chief for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was penalized by NASCAR because the No. 5 car had a weight issue that was discovered in post-qualifying inspection at Talladega (Ala.) on Saturday after qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499. NASCAR announced the penalty on Tuesday.
According to the penalty announcement, the infraction called for a P3-level penalty. Francis was fined $25,000. In its announcement, NASCAR cited violations of sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.3(A)1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of the 2014 rule book.
In Talladega qualifying, Kahne was 21st in the first of three rounds. He advanced to the second round and posted the 17th fastest lap, not fast enough to get into the third and final round to try for the pole. With his qualifying time disallowed, Kahne wound up starting in the back in 42nd position for Sunday’s race. He finished eighth.