NASCAR issued an L1-level penalty to the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 team Tuesday for infractions found during last weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway.
Competition officials discovered a rear deck lid on the No. 3 Chevrolet that did not comply with the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book before Sunday’s GEICO 500. Officials determined that body filler was added and confiscated the unapproved part before Saturday’s Busch Pole Qualifying.
As a result, NASCAR deducted 10 points from Austin Dillon’s total in the driver standings and 10 points from Richard Childress in the team owner standings. Officials also issued a $25,000 fine to No. 3 crew chief Danny Stockman Jr., and suspended car chief Gregory Ebert from the next Monster Energy Series event.
A spokesperson for Richard Childress Racing said that the team has no plans to appeal the penalty, which will sideline Ebert for this weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway. The infraction knocks Dillon from 13th to 14th in the Monster Energy Series driver standings.
NASCAR also handed down a penalty to the Team Penske No. 12 team after one lug nut was found not safely secured in a post-race check after Sunday’s 500-miler. Officials fined crew chief Jeremy Bullins $10,000. Ryan Blaney drove the No. 12 Ford to a 15th-place finish at Talladega.