Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized by NASCAR after the car failed post-race inspection on Sunday following the rain-delayed and rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, according to a release from NASCAR on Tuesday.
As a result, crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000. Busch was docked 10 championship driver points and the team was penalized 10 championship owner points.
According to NASCAR’s announcement, the difference between the “Z-height masurement between the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket” exceeded three inches. The infraction was a violation of 20-12 (l) of the NASCAR rule book that stipulates that difference not be more than three inches for restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. By NASCAR’s new penalty rating system, the No. 41 team’s infraction called for a P2-level penalty.
In addition to violating rule 20-12 (l), the team was also cited for violation of section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the NASCAR rule book. It’s a rule that is commonly cited in NASCAR penalty announcements.
Busch finished third in the race that ran 112 of the scheduled 160 laps. He was the highest-finishing Chevrolet driver.