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Cole Pearn Fined And Suspended; Other Penalties Handed Down

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Even with two top 10 finishes to start off 2016 strong, Furniture Row Racing didn’t seem to get the memo from what happened during qualifying at Daytona. After pre-race inspections at Atlanta, Martin Truex Jr and FRR was once again both found guilty of another roof flap violation. Already on probation, crew chief Cole Pearn was suspended for one race and fined $50,000 by NASCAR and docked Truex 15 championship points knocking him from second to eighth in points.

The penalty also docks 15 championship owner points from Barney Visser. What turned out to be the biggest start in Truex’s career turns to be quickly going downhill thanks to the repeat penalty. The penalty now moves Kevin Harvick to second, Carl Edwards third, Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin fourth and Atlanta winner Jimmie Johnson fifth. Visser and FRR have immediately appealed the penalties, which makes Pearn eligible for Las Vegas and defers the fines handed down to them.

Truex and FRR aren’t the only ones in trouble. Before the Atlanta race, all Richard Childress Racing cars were found to have improper body attachments, which were replaced before race time and confiscated by NASCAR. All crews chiefs were fined$15,000 and placed on probation through December 31. It also docks 10 championship driver points from each team and Childress 10 championship owner points. The driver taking the biggest hit was Ryan Newman falling from 11th to 20th.

Randall Barnett, crew chief for A.J. Allmendinger, was also fined $15,000 and placed on probation after an issue with the rear wheel crush panel was discovered before qualifying on Friday. Allmendinger also lost 10 championship driver points dropping him to 30th, and owner Brad Daughterty 10 championship owner points.

There were a total of 10 Sprint Cup teams who were handed down penalties. Other penalties were handed down from written warnings to losing practice time. It turned out to be a wacky Wednesday full of judgement, and a lot has already suffered early.

Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law

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