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(July 2, 2012)
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—
NASCAR has penalized Austin Dillon because his car failed inspection following his Nationwide Series win at Kentucky, dropping him out of the points lead.
Dillon was docked six points in the standings Monday, going from two points up on Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide standings to down by four points.
Crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. was fined $10,000, and car owner Morgan Shepherd was also docked six points.
Dillon earned his first career Nationwide victory on Friday night at Kentucky by leading 192 of the 200 laps. NASCAR ruled afterward that his No. 3 Chevrolet was too low.
Dillon's grandfather, Richard Childress, says the car passed all of its earlier inspections and a problem with the right rear jack bolt caused the problem.
Here is NASCAR's official release:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2012) – NASCAR has penalized the No. 3 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection last Friday at Kentucky Speedway.
The No. 3 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. has been fined $10,000, while owner Morgan Shepherd and driver Austin Dillon have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. In addition, Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska continue to remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
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