Stewart’s qualifying time was disallowed after posting the second-fastest time in qualifying and he started the race in 42nd position.
NASCAR found the team to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR Rule Book); and 20-2.1J (unapproved open vent hose inside of the car).
Crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Aug. 22nd. Car chief Jeff Meendering was also placed on probation until the 22nd.
Drive Tony Stewart and car owner Margaret Haas have each been penalized with the loss of six driver and owner championship points, respectively.
SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said:
While we respect and accept NASCAR’s decision, we want to be clear that there was no malicious intent. In a rush to replace a cracked rear windshield that happened during tech inspection prior to qualifying, we jostled a cooling hose that was behind the seat. We understand NASCAR’s position and will abide by its decision.