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Richard Petty Motorsports Team No 43 Penalized
Artistic Rendering Of Richard Petty Motorsports Team No 43 Penalized
The team was penalized with the loss of 35 driver and owner points. Photo: Getty Images

Richard Petty Motorsports and driver Aric Almirola were penalized after the No. 43 Ford failed post-race inspection following the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The No. 43 Ford failed the rear wheel steer on the Laser Inspection System after Almirola finished 4th in the race. As a result, the team lost 35 driver and owner points. The penalty drops Almirola from 17th to 20th in the standings. The run finish was also encumbered per section 12.10 of the NASCAR Rule Book. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer was also fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events

Philippe Lopez, Director of Competition at RPM, issued the following statement: "We accept NASCAR's decision and will continue to work to get the most out of our run cars every week while maintaining the NASCAR rule book. We look forward to Kansas this weekend."

2017-05-10T19:10:47-04:00
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