NASCAR issued penalties to Whitney Motorsports following post-race inspection the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where the team’s No. 46 Sprint Cup entry was found to have engine valves that were below the mandated weight.
Driver Michael McDowell was penalized 50 drivers’ points and owner Dusty Whitney was penalized 50 owners’ points. Crew chief Jeremy LaFaver has been suspended from NASCAR competition for six weeks, and the team was fined $50,000.
I stand by NASCAR’s decision in that they give us a box to work within and as competitors we are all expected to work within that box. However, I am extremely disappointed in that as a small team we outsource our engine building and we entrust our engine builder to ensure we meet the NASCAR parameters and engine requirements. … We expect all of our vendors and outsourced suppliers to perform within the guidelines established by Whitney Motorsports and NASCAR and it is extremely unfortunate and costly when they do not.