NASCAR penalized three teams for their involvement in "manipulating the results" of the season-ending Monster Energy Series race in Miami.
Car owners Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports), Rick Ware (Rick Ware Racing) and TJ Puchyr (Spire Motorsports) are among those who were involved, NASCAR said.
Scott Miller, NASCAR's senior vice president of competition, said four teams lost 50 points from the 2019 team owner standings. The teams also were hit with suspensions and fines for their involvement in a plot to dictate the finishing order on Nov. 17 at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"Following a thorough review of race data and driver/team communication from the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as interviews with several competitors, NASCAR has determined that the Nos. 15, 27, 52 and 77 teams have violated Sections 12.8.g and 12.8.1 of the NASCAR rule book, which addresses manipulating the outcome of a race," Miller said in a statement. "As a result, those teams in violation of the rule book have been penalized as listed in the penalty report."
NASCAR also suspended indefinitely two competition directors -- Scott Eggleston (Premium) and Kenneth Evans (Rick Ware Racing) - and fined them $25,000 each.
NASCAR said the teams worked together to secure the top spot in the final team owner standings for Open, non-chartered teams for Premium Motorsports. The Premium No. 15 car driven by Joe Nemechek, the Rick Ware No. 52 car of Josh Blicki and the Spire No. 77 of Reed Sorenson all left the race with mechanical problems near the end, giving Premium and its No. 27 car, driven by Ross Chastain, the coveted spot in the standings.
Gaunt Brothers Racing's No. 96 car moved into the top spot among Open teams as a result of the penalties.
The unchartered team with the best finish earns about $175,000 more than the second-place finisher, NBC Sports reported.
--Field Level Media