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J.J. Yeley had to perform a pass-through penalty on the opening lap at Chicagoland.
JOLIET, Ill. -- The No. 96 team with driver J.J. Yeley
was penalized before the first lap of Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway was completed.
NASCAR discovered the team removed the water bag without an official present, which in the eyes of the governing body was an unapproved adjustment.
The car was then put back through inspection and given a pass-through penalty on the first lap, putting Yeley a lap down.
Yeley already was outside the top 35 in owner points guaranteed a spot in the field at 38th. He finished 24th in the race.
Testing proposal floated again
NASCAR is considering giving teams 24 test days at tracks with Sprint Cup dates, according to a memo distributed to teams at Chicagoland Speedway.
They would have a maximum of two cars per test. All drivers of an organization will be allowed to test but none can test for a team outside the organization.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.