Penalty News: Crew Member Suspended, Another Reinstated and Still Waiting on Penalties for No. 17 team


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Tuesday that Sprint Cup Series Crew member, Kelly Johnson, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR after violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

Johnson served as a jackman on the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team. In order to be reinstated, he will have to complete the Road to Recovery Program.

In other related news, NASCAR announced that Troy Cupples has completed the Road to Recovery process.

Cupples, who was a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was found to be in violation of  the substance abuse policy on Aug. 11.

Penalty news regarding the No. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team has yet to be announced. The Roush Fenway Racing team, who’s car is driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., had rear-end suspension parts confiscated Friday during pre-qualifying technical inspection at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. reached out to NASCAR for an update but have yet to receive a response regarding the issue.

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About Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department at Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter at @NASCAR_BRETT. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Winningham covers multiple NASCAR events in the midwest each season.

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