Bubba Wallace Jr’s Win at Michigan Encumbered, Enfinger Hit With Penalty Too Affecting Playoff Bubble

We all saw Bubba Wallace Jr. take his No. 99 Chevrolet to victory lane on Saturday afternoon at the Michigan International Speedway. But, on Wednesday morning, NASCAR unveiled penalties from this past weekend, and Wallace’s MDM Motorsports team was on it. In fact, that win doesn’t count now and what we witnessed is now a part of our imagination.

An L1-level penalty was issued for Wallace’s team as Under section 20.4.12.b of the NASCAR Rule Book regarding the truck bed cover: “Vent holes at the bed top must be configured for air intake only.” His was in violation this past weekend.

Bubba Wallace Jr. battles Christopher Bell during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

The penalty is an encumbered finish and the suspension of his crew chief Shane Huffman for one race. They also receive a monetary fine of $5,000. 

That’s not the only penalty either.

ThorSport Racing and their No. 98 Toyota driven by Grant Enfinger was penalized as well, but on two different violations.

First, due to an issue with post-race front body inspection heights, crew chief Jeff Hensley has been fined $5,000 and suspended for one Trucks race. They were penalized 10 owner and driver points.

The second penalty was due to the weight being fixed improperly to the vehicle. Hensley, is suspended for two Trucks races, as has truck chief Josh Hankish.

Entering tonight’s race at Bristol, Enfinger was 14 points behind the playoff cutoff to his ThorSport teammate of Ben Rhodes. Now, he’s 24 points behind.

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