TALLADEGA, Ala. — NASCAR officials confiscated the rear deck lid of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet for driver Austin Dillon on Friday, taking the offending part into the Monster Energy Series hauler in the Talladega Superspeedway garage.
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Officials found the No. 3’s rear deck to be out of compliance with the NASCAR Rule Book. They took the piece of sheet metal — black with sanded edges — to the officials’ hauler for further review.
A NASCAR spokesperson indicated that any potential penalties for either crew chief Danny Stockman or the team would come after this Sunday’s GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).
With a new deck lid in place on the No. 3 Chevy for Saturday’s qualifying, Dillon claimed the Busch Pole Award for the second time this year.
“I knew it wasn’t going to hurt our performance. From a speed penalty-wise, it wasn’t,” Dillon said after qualifying. “We were just fixing a problem and it turned out we didn’t need to do that. I’m sure Stockman was spun out about it, but speed-wise, I knew it wasn’t going to hurt us. Moving forward, I hope that NASCAR takes into effect the entire story of it, and whatever is dealt our way, we’ll handle it and go on from there. I’m just happy that RCR has brought a lot of speed to the track this year. We’re running toward the front more where I feel like as a driver, as a team, we can compete with these guys.”
Dillon sits in a tie for 14th place with Ryan Newman in the Monster Energy Series standings. He has two top-10 finishes this year and now two pole positions, the first coming at Auto Club Speedway in March.