For the second time this year, the No. 2 Chevrolet of Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide series has been fined for failing a pre/post race inspection.
After the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, Sadler’s car was determined to be too low in post-race inspection. Previously, the No. 2 car was found to have an unapproved nose prior to the Richmond race at the end of April.
Unlike Richmond, when the team was only fined money, this time NASCAR officials have docked owner and driver points for Sadler’s team and car owner, DeLana Harvick.
The No. 2 team was fined six driver and owner points for the infractions at Iowa.
Despite the penalties to Sadler, he is still second in the season points, but now trails season points leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., by 34 points. This closes the gap between second and third place in points. Before the penalty, Sadler led Austin Dillon by 15 points, but now Sadler only holds on to a 9 point lead over his Richard Childress Racing teammate.
Luke Lambert, Sadler’s crew chief, was fined $10,000 for the second time this year, he was also fined the same amount for the Richmond violations. Lambert was placed on probation after the Richmond incident and it has not been announced how this will affect Lambert’s probation.
It was not announced if Richard Childress Racing will appeal the penalty.
Official NASCAR press release:
No. 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Team Penalized
For Post-Race Infraction At Iowa Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2012) – NASCAR has penalized the No. 2 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection Sunday at Iowa Speedway.
The No. 2 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
As a result, crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined $10,000, while owner DeLana Harvick and driver Elliott Sadler have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively.