NASCAR: Crew chief earns 1-week suspension after Truck Series rule violation

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NASCAR has announced that crew chief Chris Rice has been suspended for one week and fined $7,500 after the No. 20 NTS Motorsports team was penalized for a rules violation following Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series event at Chicagoland Speedway.

Rice will be suspended through Sept. 24, and shall miss this weekend’s Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 20, which was driven to a third-place finish at Chicagoland by Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon, failed to meet post-race body height requirements found in this year’s NASCAR rule book. That falls under a P2-level penalty.

Rice had already been placed on probation through the end of 2014 thanks to a P3-level penalty stemming from the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

In that race, his No. 99 RAB Racing team was penalized for a weight issue on the car; in addition to being put on probation, Rice was also fined $10,000 (Rice later left RAB for NTS in August to become the No. 20’s crew chief and NTS’ competition director).

With the prior violation, NASCAR chose to apply the rule book’s “Recurrence Multiplier” in assessing the No. 20’s penalty. Rice’s probation through Dec. 31, 2014 remains intact.

Additionally, No. 20 owner Bob Newberry has been docked 10 Truck Series championship owner points.