During post-race inspection following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota was found to be too low in the left front.
On Tuesday, the team was penalized 25 owner’s points and 25 driver’s points. In addition, crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 and put on probation until the end of the calendar year.
The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8 1B (the height of the car at the left front fender did not meet the required specification; too low in post-race inspection) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book.
JGR released a statement about the penality, saying:
The situation was caused when the left front spring became dislodged. This resulted in the left front corner of the car to be lower and resulted in a change to the car’s handling which had to be compensated for during the race. Consequently, the car measured low during post-race inspection. We accept NASCAR’s ruling on the issue today.
The points deduction doesn’t drop Busch from his 13th-place position in the Sprint Cup standings, but he now holds a 66-point lead over 14th place, Matt Kenseth.