Following a rash of new rules and fines for other drivers, one crew chief calls the decision "disappointing".
NASCAR's governing body slapped longtime star driver, Kasey Kahne, with a sharp penalty and levied a hard-hitting fine against his crew chief for a post-race inspection failure at Dover International Speedway.
As USA Today reports, Kahne was hit with a 15-point reduction in his standings for the error and his team, Hendrick Motorsports, lost 15 points in the owner's standings.
Alongside the point drops, his crew chief, Keith Rodden, got nailed with a $25,000 fine because his No. 5 Chevy failed the NASCAR-administered laser platform inspection due to what Rodden calls "an unintentional issue".
"We had an unintentional issue at Dover when our left- and right-side truck arms were bent at some point during the race," Rodden told the Associated Press.
"I'm disappointed in NASCAR's decision, but we have to accept it and focus on the upcoming races. We have a great team with a lot of positive momentum that we hope to carry into the summer."
The "arms" Rodden was referring to are rear suspension components, called truck arms. It has also been reported that the team will not appeal the decision although they claim that the bend in the suspension gear happened during the race.
With these penalties, that means that Kahne will fall to the 20th spot in point standings, and AJ Allmendinger will take his former spot at 16.
Kahne is under a lot of pressure currently and hasn't won a race since 2014, so this just turns the heat up on the 36-year-old driver.
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