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Stewart-Haas Racing May Face Big Penalties

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Drivers Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece will likely have to wait until next week to know their fate as they take on the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

What’s Happening?

Following a pre-qualifying inspection on Friday, NASCAR saw something they didn’t like about SHR’s No. 10 and No. 41 entries. The part in question was the roof rail deflectors which the sanctioning body subsequently confiscated. No penalty has been announced as of yet but, typically, when it comes to the NextGen car, NASCAR tends to hold off, getting through the race weekend and announcing any penalty the following week.

You Need To Know:

  • This is the third year in a row Stewart-Haas Racing has found themselves in hot water for altering parts from the NextGen car. In 2023 the team’s No. 14 entry for Chase Briscoe received an L-3 penalty, leading to a massive monetary fine of $250,000, 120 drivers and owner points, and 25 playoff points.
  • NASCAR has been perfectly clear that they will not tolerate any team tampering with the single-source parts of the NextGen car. In years past, NASCAR has really dropped the hammer when issuing penalties, hitting teams hard with around a 100-point points reduction and around a $100,000 fine for teams. It remains to be seen as to how severe the penalties will be but I’m sure NASCAR will let us know their final decision by Wednesday of next week.
  • It didn’t take long for fans to take to social media to voice their opinions, most of them poking fun at the fact that being an SHR fan in this time and place must be really hard.

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The Main Characters

Thus far, Stewart-Haas Racing has been silent on the confiscated part. We will update as the story develops. SHR is looking forward to taking on the high banks for Hotlanta!

In The Stands

Trish somewhat comes to SHR’s defense here. If Xfinity parts were installed rather than the spec parts, that’s an issue with the garage staff at SHR.

Jessica views this as SHR just trying to get ahead of the competition. It’s not cheating, it’s “just being creative”.

Champa Bay Beast points out that, typically, when a penalty this severe is handed out, it destroys a driver’s season unless they’re able to capture a win and sneak into the Playoffs.

NickMan posted this rather humorous video snippet.

Michael Volk posts an exclusive live look at Stewart-Haas Racing headquarters.

From the Pressbox

Austin Koneski points out the fact that Stewart-Haas Racing has been heavily penalized every year since the implementation of the NextGen Car.

Conclusion

What do you think about this problem, NASCAR fans? How severe do you think the No. 10 and No. 41 teams will be penalized going into next week? Will the penalties be as severe as the last couple of seasons? Let us know what you think and keep it right here at DailyDownforce.com for all the latest news stories and fan discussions in the world of NASCAR.

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Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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