NASCAR pe­nal­izes Bowyer’s race team

Los Angeles Times - - College Football - wire re­ports

Clint Bowyer’s race-win­ning car at New Hamp­shire failed an in­tense NASCAR in­spec­tion, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day, earn­ing the driver a 150point penalty that could wipe out his cham­pi­onship chances. NASCAR also fined crew chief

Shane Wil­son $150,000, and sus­pended him for the next six Sprint Cup races. Car chief Chad Haney was also sus­pended six races, and team owner Richard Chil­dress was docked 50 owner points.

Bowyer won Sun­day’s open­ing race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup cham­pi­onship to vault from 12th to sec­ond in the stand­ings. The penalty drops him back to last place, 185 points be­hind leader Denny Ham­lin with nine races left to de­ter­mine the cham­pion.

NASCAR said the No. 33 Chevro­let from Sun­day’s race had been al­tered and did not meet its strict spec­i­fi­ca­tions. The car passed its ini­tial in­spec­tion at New Hamp­shire on Sun­day, but was taken by NASCAR back to its North Carolina re­search and devel­op­ment cen­ter. It was there that NASCAR found the rear end of the car had been manipulated by Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing. But a week af­ter he ap­peared in court, he sent her two text mes­sages and kept go­ing, send­ing 56 in all.

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Bowyer

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