NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR hits Kasey Kahne’s Truck team with fine

It turns out it was a costly Truck series victory for Kasey Kahne at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR on Tuesday fined Kahne’s crew chief for the race, Joe Shear Jr., $6,000 and placed him on probation through Dec. 31 after Kahne’s winning truck failed to meet the minimum splitter height following his victory Friday night.

Kahne and Erik Jones battled side-by-side in a two-lap overtime before Kahne escaped with the win, his fifth in six series starts. Kahne was driving the No. 00 Chevrolet owned by JR Motorsports. Team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. also was docked 10 owner points.

Also Tuesday, NASCAR fined Gary Cogswell, crew chief of JD Motorsports’ No. 4 team, $15,000 and placed him on probation through Dec. 31 for improperly affixed weight on the team’s car during Xfinity Series practice Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Car chief Charles Kent also was placed on probation through Dec. 31.

In a statement, team owner Johnny Davis said the organization would not appeal. “We have investigated the incident on our end and made changes to ensure that a similar event does not occur again,” he said.

The weight came loose during practice and struck and severely damaged the car driven by Jamie Dick.

Award for Byrnes: Steve Byrnes, most recently a NASCAR on Fox Sports broadcaster who covered motorsports for more than 30 years, has been named Spirit Award winner for the first quarter of 2015 by the National Motorsports Press Association.

The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Byrnes died last month after a nearly two-year battle with cancer.

Bayne adds Pocono race: Cup driver Trevor Bayne has entered the June 6 Automobile Racing Club of America race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and will drive the No. 22 Ford for Cunningham Motorsports.

Bayne, who regularly drives for Roush Fenway Racing, has no prior experience at Pocono, which features two races on the Cup schedule.

It’s a boy for Busch: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha, welcomed their first child on Monday. Kyle posted a picture of he, Samantha and son Brexton on his Twitter account.

Brexton Busch weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.

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