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Kurt Busch has been penalized after an infraction at Daytona

Kurt Busch during a pit stop at Daytona International Speedway
Kurt Busch during a pit stop at Daytona International Speedway
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After having driven to a third place finish for the Coke Zero 400, Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team, has been penalized by NASCAR. The #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet led the Coke-Zero 400 for 36 of the 112 laps that had been completed during the rescheduled and rain-shortened race.

But upon post race inspection a NASCAR spokesperson made note in the media center that a split track bar was discovered after the rain-shortened race at Daytona International Speedway. After further inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina it was found that the track bar, also known as the panhard bar, on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation.

Kurt Busch was docked 10 driver points, which drops Busch from 24th to 26th in the point standings. Busch remains with an advantage over the 31st position by 156 points. The 2004 NASCAR champion has a victory at Martinsville Speedway for the 2014 season; he needs to remain in the top 30 to be eligible for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Subsequently Gene Haas has been docked 10 owner points, and crew chief Daniel Knost has been fined $10,000 as a result of this rule violation.

The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates Sections 12-1—actions detrimental to stock car racing and section 20-12 – for events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, at all times, the Delta of the Z-height measurement between the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, must not exceed three inches, stated in the 2014 NASCAR rule book.

The track bar or panhard bar is a hollow steel tube that measures about 1 3/8 inches and is a common point where teams adjust the car’s chassis during the race. The track bar’s or panhard bar’s mounting position can be raised or lowered to alter the location of the car’s rear-end housing and its handling.

Raising the track bar or panhard bar will apply a force higher up whereas lowering the track bar or panhard bar lowers the point of force.

Going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kurt Busch has 3 victories with 7 top-fives and 11 top-ten finishes. He will be looking to gain some ground in the points.