NASCAR: Truex Penalized

Brian KirbyCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2008

Penalties were handed out to Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 1 team today. A 150 point penalty was given to the team after the No.1 Chevrolet failed to fit height requirements through inspection prior to Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

Along with the driver's point penalty, another 150 points was taken from owner points. Truex's crew cheif, Kevin Manion and car cheif, Gary Putman, were fined $100,000. The two are suspended by NASCAR for the next six races and on probation till the end of the season.

D.E.I. had yet to release an appeal on the rules infraction. NASCAR rules state you have ten days to release an appeal. Truex's team claimed the car fit the templates at the shop but didn't understand why the car failed inspection and later was impounded by NASCAR.

These penalties really hurt Truex's chance of making the chase. He was 14th in the Sprint Cup standings, but as of today he is now 779 points behind leader Kyle Busch and is 238 points behind 12th place Tony Stewart and sits 18th in the standings.