TC Daily Pit Stop: Richard Childress Racing Receives L1 Penalty; Berry Running Hut Stricklin Throwback; Sauter Joins Roper Racing
TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, April 20th, 2023
Photo Credit: Jonathan McCoy / TobyChristie.com
The continued talk of penalties in the NASCAR Cup Series won’t be stopping after Martinsville, as Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing have received an L1-level penalty following the NOCO 400.
According to the NASCAR penalty report, the No. 3 team was found to be in violation of Sections 14.1 C&E&Q, which pertains to the Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules; and 14.6.1 A&B, which pertains to the Underwing Assembly Mounting & Underwing Stray Assembly Hardware.
As a result, Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Chevrolet have been docked 60 driver/owner points, and 5 playoff points. Keith Rodden, the entry’s crew chief, has also been suspended for the next two races, and fined $75,000.
Richard Childress Racing has elected to appeal the penalty, which will be the first under the brand-new penalty appeal system, announced by NASCAR two weeks ago.
PHOTO CREDIT: Roper Racing Team
Johnny Sauter - a champion of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2016 - is returning to the series in 2023, partnering with Roper Racing Team, to take over driving duties of the No. 04 Ford F-150.
Sauter replaces Kaden Honeycutt, who contested the opening seven races of the season with Roper Racing Team, scoring a top-10 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway on the dirt.
TobyChristie.com has attempted to reach a Roper Racing representative for clarification on the details of Sauter’s deal with the team, but an answer has not been obtained at the time of publishing. If a response is given, this story will be updated.
NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway is rapidly approaching and JR Motorsports may have just taken the crown for the best throwback paint scheme of 2023.
On Wednesday’s Dale Jr. Download, it was revealed that Josh Berry will pilot a throwback scheme honoring Hut Stricklin for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway on May 13th. The scheme will pay homage to the No. 8 Circuit City paint scheme that Stricklin utilized between 1996 and 1998 when he raced for the Stavola Brothers.
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