NASCAR Penalizes Truex Jr.
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin on April 17, 2013 | 12:23 P.M. EST
Truex Jr's No. 56 Toyota was found to be too low in the front in post-race inspection. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
Martin Truex Jr. and team owner Michael Waltrip were each docked six driver/owner championship points following post-race infractions at Texas Motor Speedway.
After leading 142 laps en route to a second-place finish in last Saturday night's NRA 500, Truex Jr's No. 56 Toyota was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.
“Michael Waltrip Racing is sensitive to working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy," the team said in a statement. "This infraction clearly occurred as a result of a malfunction caused by race conditions. Therefore, we will not appeal. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions.”
Along with the points penalty, crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until June 5.
With the penalty, Truex falls from 16th to 19th in the standings as the series heads to Kansas Speedway for Sunday's STP 400.