NASCAR announced this afternoon that Kenny Francis (pictured), crew chief for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne, has been fined $25,000 for a rules violation that occurred during last Saturday’s Sprint Cup qualifying session at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kahne had to start the next day’s Aaron’s 499 from the rear of the field after initially qualifying 17th, because his car did not meet the minimum weight requirement in post-qualifying inspection.
In a manufacturer release, Francis detailed that a “malfunction with a ballast container” – in which the cap of said container came out and released 25 pounds of ballast – was at fault.
Kahne was still able to rally to an eighth-place finish in the race, which was his first Top-10 result in six races.
Officially, Francis’ infraction is a P3 level penalty and violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.3(A)1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of this year’s rule book.