Edwards Docked 25 Points

Carl Edwards was docked 25 points and crew chief Bob Osborne fined $25,000 as penalty for the No. 99 Office Depot Ford failing post-race inspection last Sunday at Dover.

The penalty drops Edwards from third in the Chase for the championship standings to sixth. He's now 28 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon.

Edwards' car was found to be too low after his win in Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400.

Although NASCAR determined the height infraction was not intentional, the team still was penalized in accordance with NASCAR's strict inspection policy.

Roush Fenway Racing's Geoff Smith plans to appeal the penalty, which he believes is unfair.

"We have the misfortune of violating a rule which makes no sense,' Smith said in a statement. "It was promulgated to address restrictor plate races, not downforce races. I say misfortune because we are being penalized for a violation that actually impaired the car's performance. We intend to appeal the unfair assessment of the point's penalty."

"What is unfair is that Carl is receiving a penalty that is 250% greater in its effect than a similarly assessed penalty against a non-'Chase' driver. 'Chase' drivers are competing for a total of 1,950 points. All drivers competed for 5,070 points in the first 26 races. Do the math. The net effect is that a 25 point penalty falls unfairly hard on a 'Chase' contender. That's simply not right. To equalize the penalty impact on all competitors not more than 10 points should have been taken from a 'Chase' contender."

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