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23XI Racing faces potential penalties after ‘serious’ violation at Darlington

23XI Racing faces potential penalties following a "serious" violation found by NASCAR at Darlington Raceway before the No. 45 car hit the track.

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23XI Racing has been at the center of attention multiple times over the last few seasons. This ranges from the organization’s first victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2021 to Kurt Busch stepping away from full-time racing.

This year has been calmer than previous ones to this point. Bubba Wallace struggled out to start the 2023 NASCAR season; however, he has turned it around as of late and currently sits above the playoff cut-line.

Meanwhile, Wallace’s teammate Tyler Reddick is currently locked into the NASCAR playoffs following his victory at Circuit of the Americas. Despite his status, the No. 45 team became the center of attention after a situation occurred at Darlington Raceway.

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23XI Racing’s No. 45 team could be penalized following a ‘serious’ violation at Darlington

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May 6, 2023; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (45) during the Heart of America 200 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Reddick has been fast at Darlington Raceway since the NextGen car was introduced and many expected that to carry over to last weekend. Granted, those performances were with Richard Childress Racing in the No. 8 car.

The current driver of the No. 45 car finished in second and third place at those races as he is one of NASCAR’s best drivers when it comes to running the top lane. However, the weekend turned sour before Reddick even hit the track.

Reddick’s car failed pre-race inspection twice at Darlington as NASCAR was forced to kick out a member of the team. Surprisingly, the sport decided to kick out Reddick’s crew chief Billy Scott for the weekend as Dave Rogers took over.

This is not typical for NASCAR. Normally, the sport picks someone, such as the car chief, to eject as it does have a major impact on the team but is one that affects the overall dynamics. Well, this is also representative of a normal violation.

According to Motorsport.com, NASCAR found a “serious” violation on the No. 45 car that could result in potential penalties this week. The sport did not say what violation occurred but if penalties are handed down, it will be released.

The racing series normally releases its penalty reports on Tuesday or Wednesday. As stated above, it is not common to see NASCAR eject a crew chief for failing a pre-race inspection two times. This could indicate that something is on the way.

Reddick is already locked into the playoffs but a potential points penalty could take him out of the top 10 spots in the point standings, which is significant due to the playoff points handed out after the regular season. For now, 23XI Racing and the NASCAR garage eagerly wait for what is coming next after Darlington.

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