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RCR, Turner cars found with illegal parts at RIR

April 26, 2012, Joe Menzer,

RICHMOND, Va. -- Six cars from the Nationwide Series experienced issues during Thursday's pre-race inspection process for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Among the cars determined by NASCAR to have "modified upper bumper covers" were those of series points leader Elliott Sadler and his Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon, who sits third in the standings. All three RCR entries in Friday's race were determined to have the same modified part, including the No. 33 Chevrolet that is slated to be driven by Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick. Sadler, who already has won two races this season, drives the No. 2 Chevy and Dillon drives the No. 3 Chevy.

The other three cars with the modified bumper covers were from the Turner Motorsports stable: the No. 31 Chevy driven by Justin Allgaier, the No. 30 being driven this Friday by James Buescher and the No. 38 Chevy set to be driven by Cup regular Kasey Kahne. Allgaier is ninth in points, while Buescher, though a part-time driver in the Nationwide Series, won the series opener this season at Daytona and also is the most recent winner in the Camping World Truck Series.

Officials from NASCAR said the race teams were being given the opportunity to replace the pieces with approved parts in time for Friday's event, and that the modified bumper covers have been confiscated and would be taken back to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.

Any possible penalties that might result from discovery of the modified pieces will be announced this Tuesday after "further discussion" of the matter amongst officials from the governing body, per usual procedure in such matters, spokeswoman Tracey Judd added.