Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s team gets a postseason penalty from NASCAR

   The No. 17 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. avoided a points penalty but his crew chief and car chief were penalized by NASCAR on Thursday.

   Although the Cup season ended Sunday, NASCAR had some unfinished penalty business left over from pre-qualifying inspection on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Suspension parts from Stenhouse's No. 17 Ford were confiscated and found to allow improper movement of the suspension/drive line component.

   Mike Kelley, Stenhouse's crew chief, was fined $50,000 and placed on probation through June 30, 2015. The team's car chief, Patrick Magee, was also placed on probation through June 30.