The No. 3 Nationwide Series Chevy driven by Austin Dillon to victory in the Feed The Children 300  at Kentucky Speedway failed post-race inspection because the car was too low in the rear.
As a result of the failed inspection, crew chief of the No. 3 team, Danny Stockman Jr., was fined $10,000, while owner Morgan Shepherd and driver Austin Dillon have each been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska will remain on NASCAR probation until the end of the calendar year.
The team 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.
This not the first time there has been an issue with an RCR race-winning Chevy. In 2010, Clint Bowyer’s race-winning Chevy was found to be higher than NASCAR’s thresholds . The team appealed the penalty, and while it was upheld, the fines were reduced.