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NASCAR isn’t playing around. If you thought the punishments for the teams of Denny Hamlin’s Darlington cars were too lax, NASCAR (And others) agree with you.

Effective immediately, rear suspension violations have been upgraded to “Maximum L1 infractions.” Per NBCSports, the new punishments for violations to the rear suspension are:

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Loss of 40 driver points (had been 25 points)

Loss of 40 owner points (had been 25 points)

$75,000 fine to a Cup crew chief (was $50,000)

$40,000 fine to a crew chief in the Xfinity Series ($10,000 was minimum)

Three-race crew chief suspension (had been two)

Three-race car chief suspension (had not been penalized previously)

More points, more money and more suspensions. The racing community had been consumed with talk the last few days that the sport might start taking away wins for similar rules violations. The issue bubbled up after Denny Hamlin’s two wins this past weekend were encumbered because of rear suspension violations.

It may not go as far as some would have liked to see, but these changes show NASCAR is serious about discouraging teams from trying to push the limits of the rules.

Related: Denny Hamlin addresses possible stiffer NASCAR penalties following his rules violations

NASCAR is sick of it: Crack down on violations to include tougher penalties Brian Lawdermilk / Stringer
Anthony Brown About the author:
Anthony Brown's crowning achievements are rebuilding a $500 Honda VFR and getting rid of his wife's beige Camry. He has owned nine cars in the last ten years, none of them automatic.
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