The Laser Inspection Station (LIS) has lately been a challenge for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.
A total of five teams were penalized but the biggest infraction went to Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing’s No. 78 Toyota. After finishing third in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the team was given a P2 (Sections 12.1; 188.8.131.52.2) for failing post-race laser inspection. Crew chief Cole Pearn has been fined $15,000 and the team loses 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver points. While in Richmond, the Chase qualifiers also served a penalty for failing pre-qualifying LIS.
Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet received a written warning for failing three attempts at LIS before qualifying. This team has lost 15 minutes of practice time.
Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota, and Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford also failed pre-qualifying laser inspection. All teams earned earned written warnings. Logano’s team served the penalty at the track.