NASCAR’s rule book has been used quite a bit so far this season, and it’s kind of hard to keep up. Here are all of the post-race penalties given out this season thus far. How does it compare to last season?
Auto Club Speedway: Pala Casino 400 (1 Penalty)
Martin Truex Jr: After a lose wheel during the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Martin Truex Jr was held for two laps on pit road during the race, but also was penalized afterwards. Two crew members from the Joe Gibbs Racing #19 team were suspended for two races following the incident.
Phoenix: United Rentals Work United 500 (7 Penalties)
Hendrick Motorsports: All four Hendrick Motorsports teams were penalized for modifying a single-source Gen-7 car part, more specifically, hood louvers. All four crew chiefs were fined $100,000, suspended for four races, lost 100 driver (Except for Josh Berry as he was ineligible for Cup points) and owner points, and lost 10 playoff points. The points penalty was later overturned on appeal, however, the fines and suspensions stood.
Justin Haley: The Kaulig Racing #31 team was penalized for the same infraction as Hendrick. Crew chief Trent Owens was suspended for four races, fined $100,000, and cost Haley 100 driver and owner points plus 10 playoff points. The points penalty was later overturned on appeal, but the suspension and fine stood.
Aric Almirola: The #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Team was suspended for a loose wheel during the race. Two crew members were suspended for two races.
Denny Hamlin: Denny Hamlin publicly admitted to running into Ross Chastain intentionally during the final laps of the race. Hamlin was fined $50,000 and took a 25 point penalty. The penalty was appealed unsuccessfully.
Circuit of the Americas: EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (1 Penalty)
Daniel Suarez: Daniel Suarez was penalized for contact on pit road with Alex Bowman following the race at COTA. Suarez was fined $50,000 for the incident.
Richmond: Toyota Owners 400 (2 Penalties)
Hendrick Motorsports: The Hendrick Motorsports #24 team for William Byron and #48 team for Alex Bowman were once again bopped for modifying a single source part. This time the penalties were crew chiefs suspended for two races with $75,000 fines for each, and the loss of 60 driver and owner points plus five playoff points.
Bristol Dirt: Food City Dirt Race (1 Penalty)
Cody Ware: Cody Ware was arrested on an assault charge heading into the Bristol Dirt weekend. NASCAR suspended him indefinitely.
Martinsville: NOCO 500 (2 Penalties)
Austin Dillon: The Richard Childress Racing #3 team was penalized for an issue with the underwing. The ensuing penalty was a $75,000 fine plus the loss of 60 driver and owner points and five playoff points.
BJ McLeod: The LiveFast #78 team was penalized for a loose wheel during the Martinsville race. Two pit crew members were suspended as a result.
How does this compare?
Overall, there have been 14 post race penalties handed out this season through 11 races with Dover results still pending. According to NBC Sports there were 27 post race penalties during the entire 2022 season, which works out to less than one penalty per race (0.75). Thus far in 2023, there has been more than one penalty averaged per race (1.27).
Penalties have been almost doubled based on penalties per race this season. Add to that the public nature of the appeals process this year means that penalties have been more in the forefront than last season. It is also worth noting that half of these penalties came from one race, so this pace should hopefully not be sustainable.