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NASCAR overhauls penalty system headed into Daytona 500

Posted February 16

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Kurt Busch races into Turn 1 during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR has a new sponsor and a new format this year in its bid to rebound from declining ratings and attendance. The next 11 months will show if Monster Energy and different rules can provide the needed jolt. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

— NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system Thursday that could levy more punishments on race weekends.

Scrapping its six-level class, NASCAR moved to a two-level system where penalties assessed during qualifying or inspections at the track will be immediate and not handled later in the week.

Potential penalties at the track include loss of practice time, loss of pit selection, an end of field penalty and even the loss of track access.

NASCAR said Level 1 infractions that include failing weight, heights and missing three lugnuts will result in penalties of up to 40 points, a potential three-race suspension for a crew chief and a $75,000 fine. Level 2 infractions that target traction control, tire manipulation and illegal testing warrant a 75-point deduction, a six-race suspension for the crew chief or other team members, and a fine ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.

Safety penalties will be handled on case-by-case basis.

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