NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kenny Francis has been fined $25,000 as a result of rules violations committed during qualifying for Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Francis is the crew chief for driver Kasey Kahne and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet.
Kahne, who qualified 17th in the 43-car field, saw his qualifying time disallowed when his car failed to meet the minimum weight requirement in post-qualifying inspection on May 3, one day before the race. As a result, he started Sunday's race from the rear of the field, and was officially listed as 42nd in the starting order.
According to NASCAR, the weight infraction is a P3 level penalty. It violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.3(A) 1-c (unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly) of the 2014 rulebook.
Kahne finished eighth in the race; it was his third eighth-place finish and third top-10 this season.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet, also had his qualifying time disallowed and was sent to the rear for a post-qualifying inspection issue. The car of Truex failed to meet the minimum height requirement. There were no further penalties for the No. 78 team, however, as the loss of qualifying position served as the penalty.
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