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NASCAR suspends winning Xfinity crew chief two races


during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Irish Hills 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Sarah Crabill

NASCAR has suspended crew chief Chris Gabehart two races, fined him $25,000 and docked Joe Gibbs Racing 25 car owner points for a violation with Denny Hamlin’s winning Xfinity car.

NASCAR stated that the splitter was not flat. The finish is encumbered.

Joe Gibbs Racing does not plan to appeal the penalty, a team spokesperson told NBC Sports.

NASCAR also docked Xfinity crew chief Jeff Meendering $5,000 for an unsecured lug nut on Cole Custer’s car at Michigan International Speedway.

There were no penalties in the Cup series.

In the Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR suspended crew chief Bruce Cook one Truck race, fined him $5,000 and docked the team 10 car owner points and Austin Hill 10 driver points for post-race front body inspection heights. Hill’s 14th-place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park is encumbered.

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