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Austin Dillon penalized after first Nationwide win

After winning his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at Kentucky Speedway, Austin Dillon’s No.3 team has been penalized after their car failed post-race inspection after the win.

Dillon has been docked six Nationwide championship driver points, dropping him from the points lead to second in the standings.

Morgan Shepard, the listed car owner on the No.3 Chevrolet driven by Dillon, has been docked 6 owner’s championship points as well.

Crew chief Danny Stockman, who was placed on probation by NASCAR until December 31 after a pre-practice inspection failure earlier this season at Richmond,Va, has been fined $10,000  for the infraction.

Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska remain on probation through December 31.

As a result of the penalties handed down, Elliott Sadler has taken the points lead by four points over Dillon.

Official NASCAR Press 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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