NASCAR will issue a warning but won't penalize the Hendrick Motorsports team of Jimmie Johnson for pulling out a side skirt body panel Saturday night during the Sprint All-Star Race.
At the start of the year, NASCAR announced it wouldn't allow the flaring out of fenders and body panels near the wheel wells, something that occurred with regularity over the last half of the 2014 season.
The penalty is that a team must come in under green to fix it or, if the repair is done while under caution, then the driver must do a pass-through penalty (driving down pit road at pit-road speed) under green. Anyone found involved in such modifications, on first offense, gets a warning.
NASCAR did issue two relatively minor penalties Tuesday to teams in its development series.
JR Motorsports, the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., was docked 10 points in the Camping World Truck Series owner standings and crew chief Joe Shear was fined $6,000 while also being put on probation for the rest of the year as its truck from Friday night failed post-race height measurements. Kasey Kahne drove the truck to victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting in the back because the team had to replace a shock just prior to the event. The car was too low on both sides in the front and too high in the right rear. Kahne, a Sprint Cup driver, doesn't earn points in the trucks series and therefore couldn't be docked driver points.
JD Motorsports crew chief Gary Cogswell was fined $15,000 and put on probation for the rest of the year for having improperly attached weight on the Xfinity Series car of Ross Chastain. Tungsten came off Chastain's car during practice and struck the windshield and helmet of Jamie Dick, who was not injured.