Richard Childress Racing’s No. 27 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Paul Menard have been penalized by NASCAR for infractions found during post race inspection after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the sanctioning body announced. The No. 27 Menards Chevy was taken to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in after the race for further inspection, where the rules violations were found.
The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired or changed in any manner. Intentionally modifying frame rails for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR’s inspection gauges) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book.
As a result, crew chief Slugger Labbe and car chief Craig Smokstad have been suspended from NASCAR competition until October 3rd, which equates to six races. Both have also been placed on NASCAR probation until the end of the calendar year.
Paul Menard and team owner Richard Childress have each been penalized with the loss of 25 driver’s and owner’s points, respectively.