NASCAR penalizes Bowyer’s race team
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.