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No. 51 truck penalized again

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NASCAR announced on Tuesday that the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota that won the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway on Friday night has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection.

According to the announcement, the truck was under the minimum post-race height requirement, and as a result, crew chief Eric Phillips has been fined $6,000 and is on probation until the end of the year. Also, Erik Jones, who was driving the truck at Iowa, was docked 10 driver championship points, while owner Kyle Busch lost 10 owner points.

"It was close," crew chief Phillips said soon after being notified that the truck failed inspection. "Not sure right now, but we'll look at everything. Obviously, it wasn't anything intentional, but we'll look into it. It's a rough race track and just not a situation we want to be in, but we'll have to see what happens on the first of the week when we get home and look over it."

The truck also failed post-race inspection for a similar violation the previous race weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Busch drove the truck to the win in that race.

"The Kentucky deal is completely a different thing," Phillips said. "We were probably pushing tolerances there, but that's our job to do, but here, it wasn't that, by no means. We'll just have to figure it out Monday and see what happens."

NASCAR classified both violations as P2-level. And for both penalty announcements cited sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-12.8.1 (truck failed to meet post-race height requirements) of its 2014 rule book.

"We're having the same issue that the 9 (Nationwide Series) car had earlier this year with being able to maintain heights," Busch said of failing post-race inspection for two-consecutive races. "After the race, there's a tolerance of a window of, I think, a quarter inch that you're allowed in green."

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