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NASCAR issues warnings to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team, 3 non-Chasers

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Halo 5: Master Chief Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 18, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Halo 5: Master Chief Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 18, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ranked 11th among 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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NASCAR handed out warnings to teams Wednesday afternoon for issues discovered in technical inspection last weekend at Kansas Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series competed in Race No. 2 of three in the Chase Contender Round.

Of the four teams issued a warning, only one -- the Hendrick Motorsports team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- is in the Chase.

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Earnhardt's No. 88 group received its warning for twice failing pre-race inspection for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400.

The non-Chase team of driver Alex Bowman was given a warning for likewise flunking pre-race inspection twice.

The No. 83 team of driver Matt DiBenedetto, meanwhile, was given a warning for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Kansas.

The No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team of part-time Sprint Cup driver Ryan Blaney was hit with a warning for failing to comply with Section 10.7.2.b of the NASCAR rulebook.

This is the second consecutive week that NASCAR has issued a written warning to the teams of Earnhardt and Blaney.

In streamlining its warning system back in August, NASCAR ruled that every fourth warning a team receives would result in automatic loss of pit selection at the next event.

For a look at all the other warnings and penalties issued to teams since the start of the Chase, click here.