Sunday, February 5, 2023

NASCAR Issues Penalties to No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Team For Loss of Ballast

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Cody Ware’s No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team were hit with penalties after their car lost ballast on track at Watkins Glen during NASCAR Cup Series practice. Photo Credit: Jasen Vinlove, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties to the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team following their car losing a chunk of ballast during NASCAR Cup Series practice at Watkins Glen International this past weekend.

The ballast separating from the race car violated sections As a result, the No. 51 car, which is driven by Cody Ware, will be without their crew chief Billy Plourde, car chief Jamie Edwards and team engineer Steven Gray for the next four NASCAR Cup Series races, which falls in line with the penalties listed in section of the NASCAR rule book.

The three team members will be eligible to return to competition following the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Due to the infraction, Ware was not allowed to turn a qualifying lap at Watkins Glen and started the race from the rear of the field. Ware would finish 34th in the Go Bowling at the Glen.

Ware, 26, sits 32nd in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings after 25 races.

Also included on the weekly NASCAR Penalty report following Watkins Glen was a $5,000 fine for Bruce Schlicker, the crew chief of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing machine in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, which AJ Allmendinger drives.

The No. 16 car was found to have an unsecured lug nut in post-race inspection following Saturday’s Sunoco Go Rewards 200.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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