Austin Dillon had a short lived celebration Friday night after failing post race inspection.
NASCAR announced on Monday that Dillion was penalized for failing post race inspection Friday night after winning the Nationwide race at Kentucky. Dillion was docked six championship points which now puts him into second place within the Nationwide Series points standings. Dillion’s Richard Childress Racing team mate Elliott Sadler now takes the lead in points.
During post race inspection the No.3 car driven by Dillion was found to be too low. Under the official rules of NASCAR the car was in violation of sections 12-1, “actions detrimental to stock car racing”. Section 12-4, “Any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules.” The No.3 was also in violations of sections 20-A-12.8.1C, “Body height requirements–car failed to meet the minimu rear car heights.”
Penalties were issued around the No.3 Nationwide team. Dillion’s crew chief Danny Stockman Jr was fined $10,000 and car owner Morgan Shepherd was also docked six owner championship points. Crew chief Stockham and car chief Robert Strmiska have been placed on probation until December 31st.