Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NASCAR Penalizes Contenders

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NASCAR Penalizes Contenders

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NASCAR penalized two championship contenders -- including suspensions for Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon's team -- for problems found during qualifying at Daytona.

Three-time champion Tony Stewart was docked six points, and crew chief Steve Addington was fined $25,000 because of a cooling hose found inside Stewart's car after his qualifying lap. Stewart forfeited his second-place qualifying spot, but still rallied to win Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race.

Addington and car chief Jeff Meendering were placed on probation through Aug. 22, and listed car owner Margaret Haas was docked six championship owner points.

Stewart-Haas Racing said it would not appeal the penalties.

In the Nationwide Series, Dillon's team was penalized for the second consecutive week. Like Stewart, his car was found to have a cooling hose inside of it during his qualifying run and his time was also tossed out by NASCAR.

But because it's the third time this season the No. 3 owned by Richard Childress Racing has had an issue, NASCAR cracked down on the title contenders.

Crew chief Danny Stockman was fined $10,000, and he and car chief Robert Strmiska were suspended through July 25, a span of two races. NASCAR said the suspensions were because Stockman and Strmiska had already been on probation since May 1.

Dillon was also docked six points for the second consecutive week, as was listed car owner Morgan Shepherd.

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