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NASCAR AMERICA: Wednesday Round-Up Includes Denny Hamlin Interview (VIDEO)

Jul 30, 2014, 5:38 PM EST

Wednesday was a big news day in NASCAR, and NASCAR AMERICA hit the key topics as Denny Hamlin weighed in on the large penalties assessed to his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team and Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s new crew chief for 2015 was named.

Hamlin joined the NASCAR AMERICA crew to discuss the penalty that was dealt to his team after the Brickyard 400. Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief were suspended for six races and he was docked 75 points in the Chase. Hamlin says the penalties will force him to be even more focused on race day.

The NASCAR AMERICA crew analyzed the points penalty,  suspension, and fine of the team’s crew chief Darian Grubb, as Hamlin’s car did not have its rear firewall block-off plates sealed off Sunday at the Brickyard 400. The penalty is ranked a P5 penalty on NASCAR’s new penalty ranking scale (with penalties ranked from P1 as the lowest and P6 as the highest).

In the wake of the penalties assessed to the No. 11 car, Joe Gibbs Racing plans to appeal. The team had three cars finish in the top four at the Brickyard 400, but the celebration was halted as Hamlin and his team were penalized after his car failed a post-race inspection. Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton believe the punishment is fair, but would like more consistency on these decisions from NASCAR.

Meanwhile the announcement Greg Ives will take over as Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief from 2015 on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports entry was the biggest new news from Wednesday. The NASCAR AMERICA crew believes Ives is ready to handle the pressure of working with NASCAR’s most popular driver. Ives replaces NBC Sports-bound Steve Letarte.

  1. techmeister1 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Apparently the penalties are NOT harsh enough because the teams continue to cheat. When these teams have individual budgets in excess of $20 Million per season, a couple hundred thousand dollar fine is NOT going to prevent those who desire to cheat from cheating. In addition to the monetary fine and crew suspension parking the car/driver for six races might be enough to stop the cheating but clearly a minor monetary penalty and suspension of some personnel is NOT a real deterrent to the larger teams.

    What’s amazing to me is the fact that some team owners and crew chiefs have no shame about the cheating. If you need to cheat to win, you’ve missed the whole point of competing. I doubt many sponsors are happy when their team car is caught cheating. NAPA finally pulled the plug on MWR after they continued to cheat and get caught. That’s the way a reputable sponsor should respond to cheating. No reputable company should desire to be associated with cheaters.

  2. grgstrickland - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    whats it say about those sorry ass yodas,they cheat and still get beat by a chevy,maybe giblet should go back to chevy then maybe they can win without cheating,but then he might have to pay back part of the 40 million he got for going Japanese,reverend my ass.

  3. barrylibby - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Cheating bad.
    Of course increased downforce ,better aerodynamic efficiency , better control of car ,less big ones,also bad!

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