NASCAR handed down a P3-level penalty Wednesday to the Premium Motorsports No. 98 Ford team for failure to properly attach weight during last weekend’s Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The No. 98 car, driven by Timmy Hill for the second straight week in last Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400, lost a piece of tungsten during Friday practice near the pit-road exit on the 2.5-mile track. The dropped weight was a violation of three sections of the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book (Sections 12:1; 220.127.116.11.1; 20.3.5).
NASCAR officials suspended crew chief Scott Eggleston for one Sprint Cup Series race and fined him $25,000. NASCAR also suspended car chief Kevin Eagle for one race. Both were placed on probation through Dec. 31.
Mike Curb, the listed team owner for the Premium No. 98, was also docked 15 championship points in the car owner standings.
The No. 98 began the year under the Phil Parsons Racing umbrella before Premium Motorsports took ownership in the spring. Josh Wise failed to qualify the car for the season-openingDaytona 500, but competed in the next 17 races before announcing that he had parted ways with the team. Hill has driven for the team the last two weekends.