DARLINGTON, S.C. — Ryan Blaney was penalized 10 factors and despatched to the again of the sphere earlier than NASCAR’s first playoff race on Sunday.

Blaney’s automotive was discovered to have improperly mounted ballast. Blaney’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, was additionally suspended for the Southern 500 at Darlington.

Blaney’s proprietor, Workforce Penske, stated in a press release a 5-pound bag of lead usually used to simulate fluid weights previous to putting in the race engine “was unintentionally left within the automotive.”

Workforce Penske stated Travis Geisler would function Blaney’s crew chief.

Blaney, certainly one of three Penske drivers within the 16-man playoff area, was supposed to start out seventh earlier than the penalty.

Blaney earned his playoff spot with a victory at Talladega earlier this season.

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