Leaving last Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Darrell Wallace, Jr’s win in his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made headlines throughout NASCAR nation. However, the win is making headlines for a different reason after NASCAR announced the penalties from the weekend.
The No. 99 MDM Motorsports team failed post-race inspection and was given a Level 1 penalty due to issues with the bed cover on their Chevrolet. Per NASCAR, “Vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only.”
As a result, Wallace’s win is ruled as encumbered and crew chief Shane Huffman has been fined $5,000 and suspended from Wednesday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team was also docked 10 owner points.
Grant Enfinger’s No. 98 ThorSport Racing team was also penalized after finishing eighth in the race at Michigan, as his team was hit for two different penalties. The first penalty came as a result of his Toyota not meeting the correct height measurements post-race, while the second was a safety related penalty due to weight not being affixed properly during pre-qualifying inspection.
With the two penalties, crew chief Jeff Hensley was fined $5,000 and suspended from the next two races (Bristol and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park). Truck chief Josh Hankish was also suspended for the next two races and the team was docked 10 driver and owner points.
The points penalty coupled with Enfinger’s win being ruled as encumbered drops him to 24 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with three races remaining.