The No. 9 team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series from Hendrick Motorsports received an L1-level penalty for a violation found at the NASCAR R&D Center stemming from Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The team was found to have violated Sections 126.96.36.199 (dealing with rear window support). A brace that supports the rear window did not meet specifications for keeping rear window glass rigid in all directions.
NASCAR fined crew chief Alan Gustafson $50,000 and suspended him for the next two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship points events. The team was assessed with the loss of 20 owner points and 20 driver points.
Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal, according to a team press release. Kenny Francis will serve as the interim crew chief.
Chase Elliott drove the No. 9 Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, which was won by Kyle Busch.
Elliott has 128 total points this season, but he could have 45 more, as he’s been docked 45 points in penalties. That has taken him from 13th to 18th.