NASCAR has announced the following penalties have been announced following the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 7, 2017:
#43 team of Aric Almirola assessed L1 penalty for violation of Sections 126.96.36.199.2: Post-Race General Inspection Measurements
Note: Failed the post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS. Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
Crew chief (Drew Blickensderfer) has been fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 35 driver and 35 owner points.
#7 team of Elliott Sadler, for violation of Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Ken Davis) has been fined $10,000.
In addition, Reid T. Ferguson, a crew member, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR due to violation of the substance abuse policy.
See complete information on the Talladega post-race penalties report.
-- NASCAR --
UPDATE: Statement from Philippe Lopez, Director of Competition, Richard Petty Motorsports:
"We accept NASCAR's decision and will continue to work to get the most out of our race cars every week while maintaining the NASCAR rulebook. We look forward to Kansas this weekend."
-- Richard Petty Motorsports --
AND: Scott McDougall, Director of Engineering, will be the interim Crew chief for Almirola during Blickensderfer suspension.
-- Bob Pockrass / ESPN.com --