NASCAR driver drops multiple places in standings after penalty

Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing, Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Darlington, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing, Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Darlington, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

NASCAR has made yet another decision to dock points from a driver in the Cup Series standings, with Tyler Reddick dropping two places as a result.

After a disappointing 22nd place finish in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, 23XI Racing’s Tyler Reddick found himself in eighth in the point standings. He now finds himself in 10th.

During pre-qualifying inspection at “The Track Too Tough to Tame”, Reddick’s No. 45 team was found in violation of Section of the NASCAR Rule Book.

According to, this section of the rule book states that “Any and all ballast added to the vehicle must be secured inside a ballast container(s). … Additional ballast containers will not be permitted to be added to the chassis.”

The team lost their pit stall selection and crew chief Billy Scott was ejected for the rest of the weekend. An additional 10-point penalty was announced on Tuesday, with Reddick being docked 10 points in the driver standings and the No. 45 team being docked 10 points in the owner standings as well.

The penalty drops Tyler Reddick from eighth to 10th place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

RFK Racing’s Brad Keselowski moved up from ninth to eighth place and Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson moved up from 10th to ninth. The No. 45 team also dropped from eighth to 10th, with Keselowski’s No. 6 team and Larson’s No. 5 team each moving up a spot.

Reddick is still in position to qualify for the playoffs, thanks to his victory at Circuit of the Americas back in March. Even if there end up being more than 16 regular season race winners, which there could very well be with nine already and 13 of 26 regular season races yet to be contested, he shouldn’t have much to worry about.

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NASCAR has not been shy about dishing out points penalties this season, with several other drivers having already had their positions in the standings altered as a result of some kind of violation. Whether or not drivers should face points penalties for violations not specifically pertaining to them remains a subject of debate.