Following Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports has been slammed with another set of major penalties to two of its four NASCAR Cup Series entries.
The No. 24 and No. 48 - driven by William Byron and Alex Bowman - were both taken back to NASCAR's R&D Center for a complete teardown following Sunday's event.
Now, for the second time in the last five weeks, the four-car organization is being handed some significant penalties this time in relation to Sections 14.1.D, 14.1.2.B, and 14.5.6.B of the NASCAR Cup Series Rule Book, which relates to 'Overall Assembled Vehicle', 'Engineering Change Log', and 'Greenhouse'.
As a result, drivers William Byron and Alex Bowman have been docked 60 NASCAR Cup Series points, while the No. 24 and No. 48 teams have been docked 60 owners points.
With the points deduction, Alex Bowman drops from the NASCAR Cup Series points lead to seventh-place, while William Byron drops from fourth to 14th.
Additionally, crew chiefs Brian Campe and Greg Ives have been fined $75,000 and suspended from each of the next two NASCAR Cup Series events (Martinsville and Talladega).
The two-race suspensions for Campe and Ives will not begin until next weekend's event at Martinsville Speedway.
In a statement released on Thursday, Hendrick Motorsports says: "we are reviewing the penalties issued today by NASCAR and will determine next steps following Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway."
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