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#20 team penalized for qualifying infraction at Atlanta

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NASCAR officials announced Saturday that the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota team in the XFINITY Series had been penalized for an infraction found in Friday night's pre-qualifying inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Competition officials said the car, driven this weekend in the Rinnai 250 by Denny Hamlin, was found with an incorrectly mounted splitter structure.

Under NASCAR's new deterrence system, which went into effect ahead of the 2017 season, the team will forfeit its pit stall selection for next weekend's event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. New for this year for the XFINITY Series, teams make their pit-stall selections one week in advance based on the current weekend's qualifying results.

The JGR #20 Toyota is scheduled to be driven next weekend by Daniel Suarez, the 2016 series champion, in the Boyd Gaming 300 (March 11, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

-- NASCAR.com --