NASCAR Fines RPM’s Blickensderfer $65,000

Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief on the No. 43 driven by Aric Almirola, has been fined $65,000 by NASCAR. (HHP/Ashley R Dickerson)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR came down hard on Richard Petty Motorsports on Wednesday afternoon.

The sanctioning body fined crew chief Drew Blickensderfer $65,000 and suspended him from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points races. Team owner Richard Petty and driver Aric Almirola were each docked 35 points.

The No. 43 Ford, which was driven to a fourth-place finish by Almirola, failed post-race measurement inspection.

“We accept NASCAR’s decision and will continue to work to get the most out of our race cars every week while maintaining the NASCAR rulebook,” said Richard Petty Motorsports Director of Competition Philippe Lopez in a statement. “We look forward to Kansas this weekend.”

In addition, NASCAR fined Ken Davis, crew chief for the Tommy Baldwin Motorsports No. 7 driven by Elliott Sadler, $10,000 for a lug-nut violation.