NASCAR announced that it has penalized Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter for infractions found before the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway, a race in which he finished fifth.
Following the race, NASCAR officials confiscated the fuel cell from the No. 98 ThorSport Racing truck.
The officials found that the team violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (if in the judgment of NASCAR Officials, race equipment that has been previously verified or previously approved and/or sealed by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-6 and/or 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired, or changed in any manner); 20B-16 (once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified, modifications of any kind will not be permitted to the fuel cell or fuel cell components); and 20B-16.1B (standard black, safety foam with minimum free-standing height of eight (8) inches, acceptable to NASCAR Officials, and used as provided by an approved fuel cell manufacturer, must be used: Fuel cell safety foam modification.) of the 2013 rule book.
Crew chief Joel Shear has been fined $10,000 and suspended from NASCAR competition for the next four Trucks Series races. He has also been put on probation to the end of the calendar year.
Johnny Sauter was penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver’s points. And, owner Mike Curb has been penalized with the loss of 25 owner’s points.
The penalty cost Sauter the points lead. He is now tied with Jeb Burton, 13 points behind new leader Matt Crafton.