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Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports penalized for aerodyanmics infraction

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports penalized for aerodyanmics infraction”

As a result, Chase Elliott's second-place finish in the NASCAR Playoffs opener at Chicagoland Speedway was ruled to be encumbered, crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 and suspended for one race, auto chief Joshua Kirk was suspended for one race and the team was hit with the loss of 15 driver points and 15 owner points. The Jacksonville, Florida, native, who was Elliott's crew chief for five points races in 2015, now serves as Hendrick Motorsports' vehicle technical director and has 17 wins, 75 top-five finishes and 149 top-10s as a Cup Series crew chief. The team was also docked 15 driver and owner points while Chase Elliott's second-place finish has been ruled encumbered.

Elliott dropped from sixth to eighth in the standings and from having a 33-point cushion to having 18 points on the current elimination cutoff with two races left in the opening round.

Hendrick Motorsports said it won't appeal the penalty and Kenny Francis will step in for Gustafson this weekend at New Hampshire.

NASCAR did not specify the component the team manipulated, but social media was full of videos and photos of the auto appearing to have tape at the top of the spoiler and the vehicle wrap lifting off the quarter panel. Kevin Hulstein, a Hendrick mechanic, will serve as auto chief at New Hampshire. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff has been fined $10,000.

In the Xfinity Series, the same penalty was assessed to the No. 98 team, which competed with Darrell Wallace Jr. and finished 10th.



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