Monday, July 10, 2023

Marc-Antoine Camirand Hit With P4 Penalty After Chaudière Victory

Marc-Antoine Camirand penalty Chaudière Treyten Lapcevich 2023 NASCAR Pinty's Series
Marc-Antoine Camirand and the No. 96 team were hit with a P4 penalty following this past weekend’s race at Chaudière. Photo Credit: Damin Sawyer,

Marc-Antoine Camirand and the No. 96 Paille Racing Team scored their first victory of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season on Saturday in a dramatic battle in the closing laps with Camirand’s top championship rival Treyten Lapcevich.

However, for Camirand and crew chief Robin McCluskey, the celebration was short-lived.

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced a P4-Level penalty for the No. 96 team, which is an infraction discovered during post-race inspection. According to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series penalty report, the No. 96 team was found to be in violation of Sections 20.E.12.2 of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Rule Book.

The section of the rulebook states that the front trailing arm mounts must be an equal distance when measured from the inside edge of the main frame rails to the centerline of the mounts on both the left side and the right side.

As a result of the infraction, the No. 96 team has been docked 18 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship owner points, Camirand has been docked 18 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship driver points, McCluskey has been fined $2,500 and placed on suspension for the next NASCAR Pinty’s Series event, and will not be permitted to return until the fine is paid.

Additionally, McCluskey will be placed on probation through December 31, 2023.

After Saturday’s Bud Light 300, Camirand trailed Lapcevich by only nine points for the championship point lead, which seemed incredible due to Lapcevich’s top-two finishes in all three events to start the season.

However, after the penalty, Camirand will now drop to a tie for fifth in the championship standings with D.J. Kennington, and he’ll sit 27 points behind Lapcevich.

While the penalty meant more breathing room for Lapcevich, the Series points leader was not happy that he missed out on a third-consecutive victory to start the season due to the No. 96 team showing up with an apparent illegal race car.

In a Tweet, Lapcevich said, “Interesting stuff! Tough deal to lose the possibility of 3 in a row to a car that doesn’t comply to the rules in a big way. Really proud of my @22RacingTeam and the speed we’ve had. Excited for @EastboundPark on the 24th!”

The next race for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series is the Pro Line 225 at Eastbound Speedway, which is set for Saturday, June 24th. Camirand won the inaugural NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Eastbound Speedway a season ago, and he’ll likely need a repeat of that performance this season if he wants to apply pressure to Lapcevich in the race for the championship.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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