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Two truck teams penalized after Pocono

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Two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams were handed penalties on Tuesday as a result of rules infractions during the recent Pocono Raceway race weekend in Long Pond, Pa. Paul Richmond, crew chief on the no. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota driven by Timothy Peters has been fined $7,500 and placed on NASCAR probation until the end of the year. Meanwhile, the No. 6 Chevrolet team of driver/owner Norm Benning will be penalized track time during the first practice session at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., when the Truck Series heads there next on Aug. 15.

The No. 17 penalty came as a result of an issue with the throttle shaft and throttle plates. The issue was discovered during opening day inspection at Pocono on July 31. NASCAR cited sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20B-5.10.1(6) (Throttle Shafts: The combined thickness of the throttle shaft and the throttle plates must not be less than 0.197 inches) of the 2014 rule book. NASCAR deemed the penalty a P3 level, resulting in the fine.

The No. 6 team, meanwhile, played against the rules during the Pocono Mountains 150 race, as NASCAR nabbed the team for improper use of a battery-powered impact wrench. In its penalty announcement for the No. 6 team, NASCAR cited violatons of sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 9-15J (Only two NASCAR-approved half-inch drive air wrenches with a single socket and with a hex design capable of removing or attaching one lug nut at a time must be used to change tires/wheels during any pit stops: improper use of a battery-powered impact wrench). It is considered by NASCAR to be P1 level.

Peters finished 12th and Benning finished 20th in the Saturday afternoon Pocono Mountains 150. The Truck Series has the upcoming weekend off before heading to Michigan International Speedway to race on Aug. 16.