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NASCAR fines Bayne, Cobb for walking on track at Dover

Trevor Bayne (6) spins sideways on the front stretch during a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR fined two drivers on Wednesday for walking across the race track at Dover last weekend.

Trevor Bayne was fined $20,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for walking across the racing surface on Sunday. Jennifer Jo Cobb was fined $5,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 for doing the same thing during Friday’s Truck Series race.

NASCAR last August banned drivers from walking onto the racing surface following a fatal accident involving Tony Stewart at a dirt track in upstate New York. Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed when he approached Stewart’s moving car.

NASCAR on Wednesday also issued a P1 penalty against Kevin Harvick’s team for receiving written warnings in consecutive events. He will have the last choice of pit selection this weekend at Pocono. The Stewart-Haas Racing team was warned for having to go through pre-race inspection more than three times at Charlotte, and the car’s exhaust pipe did not confirm to the rules at Dover.

In the Xfinity Series, crew chief John Monsam and car chief David Jones were each suspended one race after a weight fell off Peyton Sellers’ car last weekend at Dover. Monsam was also fined $15,000 and Sellers docked 15 points for the P3 penalty.

The weight fell off during a Friday practice session and it caused Carl Long to crash when Long could not avoid hitting the piece.

NASCAR also fined crew chief Nick Harrison $7,500 and placed him on probation through Dec 31 after Austin Dillon’s car was too low in post-race inspection. Car owner Richard Childress was docked 10 points.

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