NASCAR: Martinsville post-race penalties announced

NASCAR penalized the No. 3 Cup Series team of Austin Dillon for an L1-level infraction after last weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. The team violated the overall assembled vehicle rules related to the underwing assembly and hardware.

As a result, crew chief Keith Rodden has been fined $75,000 and suspended for the next two championship points events. The team and the driver also lost 60 points and five playoff points.

Dillon finished 12th at Martinsville, and he was 21st in the standings before the penalty.

#3 RCR Chevy of Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that it will appeal the penalties issued to the No. 3 team.

In other penalties, NASCAR suspended Chris Jackson (rear tire changer) and David Smith (jack) of the No. 78 Cup Series team because of the loss of a tire/wheel last weekend at Martinsville.

NASCAR also fined three crew chiefs Mike Bumgarner, Jeff Meendering and Mike Scearce in the Xfinity Series $5,000 apiece for lug-nut violations.

Unrelated – Noel Merrill was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the behavioral policy.


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