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NASCAR announces infractions after Xfinity Series race

Food City 500 - Practice

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 15: View of the NASCAR logo during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 15, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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NASCAR announced after Saturday’s Xfinity race that Elliott Sadler’s car had 19 of 20 lug nuts secured and that the cars of Kevin Harvick and Brendan Gaughan were too low in the rear.

Sadler’s team faces a P2 penalty of a $5,000 fine since this is a first occurrence. There would be no points penalty.

The JR Motorsports team of Harvick and Richard Childress Racing team of Gaughan face a P2 penalty for being too low in the rear. John Hunter Nemechek’s Camping World Truck Series team was docked 10 points after New Hampshire in September for a similar infraction.

Gaughan is last among the eight remaining Chase contenders after Saturday’s race. He is 23 points from the final cutoff spot. A penalty would increase that deficit.

NASCAR is expected to announce penalties later this week.

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