The No. 22 Team Penske Xfinity Series team was issued an L1-level penalty Thursday at Kentucky Speedway for an illegal body modification to its car, and crew chief Brian Wilson was escorted from the garage as a result.
NASCAR officials discovered the modification during inspection and issued the penalty before Xfinity Series cars took the track at the 1.5-mile speedway.
The L1 penalty comes with a loss of 10 points for driver Austin Cindric and team owner Roger Penske, along with a one-race suspension to Wilson — which he will serve at this race. The team also was fined $10,000.
Cindric entered the Kentucky event fourth in the standings with six top fives and 13 top 10s on the season.
It was confirmed that the No. 22 team made the appropriate fixes to the Ford and did not need to go to a backup car. Cindric was fifth fastest in the first NASCAR Xfinity Series practice on Thursday with a best lap of 175.970 mph.
Also on Thursday NASCAR officials confiscated the No. 52 Halmar Racing Chevrolet of driver Stewart Friesen this morning at Kentucky Speedway after the sanctioning body found the vehicle not acceptable.
The team was permitted to remove the driver safety equipment before the confiscation. The organization rolled out its backup truck to run in the series’ opening practice Thursday morning.
NASCAR officials later confirmed it was a firewall issue in the truck. Friesen must start Thursday night’s Gander Trucks race (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) from the rear of the field, but no team members will be ejected. The team was also permitted to keep the tires from the confiscated truck.
Any additional penalties likely will be announced next week.
Friesen currently is second in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and has three consecutive top-five finishes, including two consecutive third-place efforts. He trails Grant Enfinger by 52 points for the series points lead.