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NASCAR penalties include indefinite crew member suspension for substance abuse violation

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 has issued one penalty, one written warning and a crew member suspension following last weekend’s action at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Crew member Kelly Johnson, who was listed as the jackman for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Sprint Cup Series at the beginning of the season, has been suspended indefinitely. Johnsonviolated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the substance abuse policy) of the NASCAR rule book.

This is the second time Johnson has been suspended by NASCAR for violating the rule. The first time came in November 2014. Johnson was not reinstated until last January.

A P3-level penalty has been issued to Jesse Little’s No. 30 team in the Camping World Truck Series for throttle body shaft and body plates not meeting requirements. Crew chief Mark Rette was fined $5,000. Little didn’t qualify for Saturday’s race after rain canceled qualifying.

The only written warning given out was to the No. 41 of Ben Rhodes for truck trailing arms not meeting specifications. The second warning for Rhodes’ team, a fourth would result in the loss of pit selection.

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