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Three Nationwide teams penalized after Las Vegas race

The Nationwide Series takes the green flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2014
The Nationwide Series takes the green flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2014
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During the March 6-8 NASCAR Nationwide Series race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, three teams were found to be in violation of various rules, and as a result, were penalized by NASCAR on Wednesday.

The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team (driver Elliott Sadler) was deemed to be in violation of seconds 12-4.3 and 20A-2.3A of the NASCAR rule book for weight attached to the race car in an unapproved location. The violation was found during opening day inspections. Crew chief Chris Gayle was fined $10,000 and Gayle and car chief Todd Brewer were placed on probation until the end of the year.

The No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team (driver Chase Elliott) was found to be in violation of seconds 12-4.2 and 20A-12.3S for a shock absorber that exceeded maximum gas pressure. That violation was discovered by NASCAR officials during post-race inspection following Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300. As a result of the violation, crew chief Greg Ives was placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford team (driver Brad Keselowski) was found to be in violation of the same rules as the No. 9 team for the same issue of a shock absorber exceeding maximum gas pressure. The No. 22 team's violation, like that of the No. 9 team, was discovered during post-race inspection. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $5,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year.

Brad Keselowski won the Boyd Gaming 300 in the No. 22 car, while Chase Elliott finished fifth in the No. 9.

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