Kurt Busch has been penalized 10 points after the 41 team failed post-race inspection Sunday at Daytona. Owner Gene Haas also lost 10 owners points and crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000.
The failed inspection was due to a track bar that exceeded maximum separation.
Busch finished third in the race. After the points penalty he falls from 24 to 26 in the points standings. But he is still 156 points ahead of 31st place, which is where he needs to finish to be eligible for the Chase for the Championship. He already has a win this season at Martinsville.
Here’s the official release from NASCAR:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2014) — The No. 41 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.
The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20-12 (l) (for events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, at all times, the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement 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, must not exceed three inches) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book.
As a result of this infraction, crew chief Daniel Knost has been fined $10,000. In addition, driver Kurt Busch has lost 10 championship driver points and owner Gene Haas has lost 10 championship owner points.