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NASCAR penalizes Austin Dillon’s team for Martinsville infraction

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NASCAR penalized Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team for an infraction found on their Martinsville car.

Officials took Dillon and Ryan Preece’s cars to the NASCAR R&D Center for a teardown after Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

The sanctioning body found Dillon’s team used improper hardware when mounting the underwing assembly. As a result, NASCAR hit Dillon and the team with the following L1 penalties:

  • Loss of 60 championship points and five playoff points
  • Two-race suspension and $75,000 fine for crew chief Keith Rodden

After NASCAR announced those penalties, Richard Childress Racing issued this statement:

“We are disappointed in the penalty that NASCAR issued to Richard Childress Racing following the recent NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, and plan to go through the appeal process.”

RCR won’t defer Rodden’s suspension, meaning Justin Alexander will be Dillon’s crew chief at Talladega and Dover. Alexander was Dillon’s crew chief from 2017-18 and 2020-22.

Dillon is now 28th in points, 84 points out of a playoff spot with -5 playoff points. He was 21st in points, -24 points to a playoff spot with no playoff points.

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

The team drops from 22nd to 29th in owner points, also 84 points out of a playoff spot.

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