NASCAR docks Chase Elliott, suspends group boss for 2 races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has suspended Hendrick Motorsports group boss Alan Gustafson for two races after Chase Elliott’s auto was found to have an unlawful back window amid the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway a weekend ago.

Elliott was docked 20 focuses, and Gustafson was fined $50,000. The 20-point punishment drops Elliott from fifteenth to eighteenth in the Cup standings.

Hendrick Motorsports says in an announcement it won’t offer the punishment. Kenny Francis, a previous team boss for Kasey Kahne, will fill in as Elliott’s group boss for the following two races, in Bristol and Richmond.

Hendrick Motorsports credited the infringement to an “accidental help section disappointment” on the No. 9 Chevrolet. Elliott completed eleventh on Sunday.

It’s the second punishment for Elliott’s group this year. He was docked 25 focuses and saw his auto boss suspended for two races following a suspension infringement a month ago.

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