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Daniel Hemric loses points lead, crew chief suspended for Kansas penalty

NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 - Practice

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 19: Daniel Hemric, driver of the #21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 19, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Daniel Hemric has been docked 10 driver and owner points because his No. 21 Chevrolet was found to be too low after Saturday’s Xfinity Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway.

Hemric loses the points lead due to the L1 penalty.

Hemric’s crew chief, Danny Stockman Jr., was fined $10,000 and suspended from the next points race.

Richard Childress Racing does not plan to appeal the penalty.

Hemric, who finished second in the second round opener, exited the race with a nine-point lead over Elliott Sadler.

He now trails Sadler by one point ahead of the Nov. 3 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Here are the Round of 8 standings after the penalty.

  1. Elliott Sadler - 3,058
  2. Daniel Hemric - 3,057
  3. Tyler Reddick - 3,055
  4. Christopher Bell - 3,045
  5. Matt Tifft - 3,044
  6. Justin Allgaier - 3,040
  7. Cole Custer - 3,022
  8. Austin Cindric - 3,002

NASCAR issued two fines for unsecured lug nuts.

Kyle Larson’s crew chief, Chad Johnston, was fined $10,000 for one unsecured lug nut.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Randall Burnett was fined $5,000 for an unsecured lug nut on Matt Tifft’s No. 2 Chevrolet.

NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to James J. Bender for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Bender is a tire technician on Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Chevrolet in the Cup Series.