Monday November 30th, 2015 5:35PM

No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team hit with heavy penalties

By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
Related Articles
  Contact Editor
CHARLOTTE, NC - NASCAR hit the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team with a points penalty of unprecedented magnitude for infractions discovered during Sunday's post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the sanctioning body announced late Tuesday afternoon.<br /> <br /> NASCAR inspectors found violations with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11 Toyota driven to a third-place finish by Denny Hamlin. NASCAR rules mandate that the firewalls be sealed to prevent airflow from the inside to the outside of the car.<br /> <br /> Venting or failing to seal the block-off plates can provide an aerodynamic advantage by adding downforce to the car, especially useful at a flat track such as IMS, where maintaining momentum through the corners is of paramount importance.<br /> <br /> NASCAR docked Hamlin 75 driver championship points and team owner Joe Gibbs 75 owner points. Crew chief Darian Grubb was fined $125,000 and suspended for six weeks, meaning he will be lost to the team until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's opening weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in September.<br /> <br /> Car chief Wesley Sherrill also drew a six-week suspension. Both Grubb and Sherrill were placed on probation for the next six months.<br /> <br /> The points penalty is the largest since NASCAR instituted its new one-point-per-position scoring system in 2011. And since 75 points are the functional equivalent of 312 under the previously-used Latford scoring system, the points penalty is the largest ever imposed.<br /> <br /> Joe Gibbs Racing issued a statement after the penalties were announced indicating the organization's intent to appeal the penalties. Grubb and Sherrill, however, will begin serving their suspensions this week and will miss this weekend's NASCAR activities at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.<br /> <br /> The infractions rose to the level of P5 under the new deterrence system introduced by NASCAR before the 2014 season. P6 is the designation for the most egregious violations.<br /> <br /> NASCAR indicated on Sunday at the Brickyard that there were "possible issues" with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11. The sanctioning body confiscated the parts in question, took them to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, NC, for further inspection and evaluation and announced the findings and penalties on Tuesday.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 10 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 10 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 10 months ago )
Pits will be tight as Chili Bowl entry count hits 316
TULSA, OK - The 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire is on track to be a record smashing event, with the entry count climbing over the 300 mark for the first time to 316 entries confirming 303 drivers for the indoor spectacular happening Tuesday, January 13 through Saturday, January 17 at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, OK.
9:59AM ( 11 months ago )
Falcons fire Mike Smith after 2nd straight losing season
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job. Owner Arthur Blank said he fired Smith on Monday because in his "heart of hearts" he didn't believe Smith could take the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
7:58PM ( 11 months ago )
New promoters in place for 2015 at Senoia Raceway
SENOIA, GA - Lease papers have been signed and a team of new promoters is in place for the upcoming stock car racing season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA.
6:00AM ( 11 months ago )
Professional Sports
Garbo, Jr. to compete in NASCAR K&N East with Whelen sponsorship
CHARLOTTE, NC--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- When Marsh Racing and longtime team sponsor Whelen Engineering Company, Inc. got the opportunity to put together a race team for 2015, they looked closely at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
12:00PM ( 11 months ago )
Former NASCAR racer pleads guilty in high-speed chase
12:51PM ( 11 months ago )
Chili Bowl entry list again nearing record 300 mark
TULSA, OK - For the past couple years, the entry list for the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals has flirted with the 300 mark. Once again, the number of teams registering for the indoor Midget event is nearing the three century mark with 285 entries received for the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
11:59AM ( 11 months ago )
Kurt Buschs ex seeks no-contact order at hearing
12:27PM ( 11 months ago )
Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season
2:54PM ( 11 months ago )
Sprint Unlimited field features Chase drivers for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced Monday all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
12:00PM ( 11 months ago )
Sprint Cup
Georgia's Mark Richt not done coaching, will listen to anyone interested in giving him a job
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt remains interested in another coaching job and said Monday he will listen "to anybody who has interest in me" as he prepares for his final game as Georgia's coach.Georgia...
1:10PM ( 4 hours ago )
UNG women's soccer lands five on D2CCA All-Region team
The University of North Georgia women's soccer team had five student-athletes selected to the 2015 D2CCA All-Southeast Region Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Monday.
By UNG Sports Communications
10:32AM ( 7 hours ago )
Georgia's Richt stepping down following 'mutual' decision
Mark Richt stepped down as Georgia's coach Sunday, leaving stunned players with one final bowl game with the man who ranks second in wins in school history.
By The Associated Press
7:35AM ( 10 hours ago )
5 things: What we learned from the quarterfinal round of the high school football playoffs
Here’s a look at five things we learned from the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs...
7:00AM ( 10 hours ago )
Falcons' slump deepens in 20-10 loss to Vikings
Matt Ryan heard some of the loudest boos of his career after another Falcons loss...
8:13PM ( 21 hours ago )