NASCAR Impounds Stewarts Car

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NASCAR officials have impounded the No.20 Chevrolet that 2002 Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart was planning on running in Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Officials expect to return it to its technical, research and development facility in Concord, NC, for further investigate.

"I'm not sure we ever have done this," NASCAR president Mike Helton said. "We'll take it back to the R&D center and determine more about this situation."

The car had never been run in competition. The team said it would us its backup car.

Jimmy Makar, Joe Gibbs Racing team manager, said the original No.20 Chevrolet failed the "X measurement" test, which is one method of determining a car's body placement in relation to the centerline of the chassis.

Stewart is currently third in the drivers championship, 147-points behind leader Matt Kenseth.



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